Being arrested and charged with a crime is a tough position for anyone to be in. When a minor has committed a crime, it is particularly tragic. Depending on what crime was committed and the details surrounding the offense, a minor may be able to avoid jail time and other harsh penalties and instead, obtain access to rehabilitative programs. This is generally the case if the minor is able to stay in the juvenile justice system.
Other times, a minor can be tried as an adult and face stringent penalties. Only minors that are younger than 14 years of age can avoid being tried as an adult in the state of California. If your child was arrested and charged with a crime, getting them the strongest legal defense is critical. The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at the Manshoory Law Group will fight to protect your child from detrimental life-changing consequences.
What Crimes Can Qualify for Prosecution as an Adult in California
Any of the following crimes could lead to a minor being charged as an adult if it has been determined that the minor is ineligible for juvenile court and rehabilitation programs:
- Murder and attempted murder.
- Arson is occupied by people or where a person sustains great harm.
- Aggressive and forceful rape.
- Aggressive and forceful sodomy.
- Aggressive and forceful lewd act on a young child under the age of 14.
- Aggressive and forceful oral copulation.
- Forcing sexual penetration on another person.
- Kidnapping for ransom, to commit a sexual assault, a robbery, or in association with hurting another person.
- Assault with a weapon or firearm.
- Forceful and aggressive assault that could substantially harm another party.
- Shooting a gun into a building that has people inside.
- Assaulting a person that is over 60 years of age or disabled.
- Using a gun while committing a violent crime.
- Bribing a witness or intimating a witness.
- Making, manufacturing, or selling specific controlled substances
- Violent gang activity.
- Escaping a juvenile facility with force and violence.
- Aggravated mayhem
- Drive-by shooting
- Willful manslaughter
- Making an exploding device to kill others.
The following crimes will automatically result in a child that is at least 14 years of age to be tried as an adult:
- If a prosecutor claims the minor was the person who murdered a victim.
- When the prosecutor says that various types of violent sex offenses were committed by the minor personally.
Being tried in the adult criminal justice system means a minor is vulnerable to increased penalties and much harsher punishments. In the adult system, a minor is going to be tried the same way that other adults are and be handed the same types of sentences, including life in prison. The only fate that a minor will not be subject to is death.
Speak with a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Today
When your child is arrested for a crime, connecting with a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer right away is recommended. Keeping your child in California’s juvenile system can give them a second chance through rehabilitation instead of incarceration. It can also better protect their future. Call the California criminal defense attorneys at the Manshoory Law Group today to schedule your free case analysis at (877) 977-7750.