Arizona Juvenile Crimes
Chapter 8 of the Arizona revised statutes applies to juvenile offenders. However, depending on the age of the juvenile, the prosecutor and the courts may determine to treat your child as an adult in criminal court! Call us today if your child has been charged with a crime or if your child is involved in any juvenile adjudication proceedings! Your child’s future is worth fighting for!
Adolescence is a very confusing time in a young person’s life. Today, young adults are inundated by more information and have infinitely more choices than at anytime in history. Unfortunately, with this abundance of choices there are many more opportunities to make missteps.
There is also the scientific fact that the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for reasoning, impulses and decision making does not fully mature until the age of 25.
This delayed development can have noticeable effects on adolescent behavior including:
- – difficulty holding back or controlling emotions,
- – a preference for high excitement and low effort activities (video games, sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll),
- – poor planning and judgment (rarely thinking of negative consequences),
- – more risky, impulsive behaviors, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol.
Nolan Law Firm understands these realities and doesn’t think a singular bad choice should adversely effect a young person for the rest of their life.
Whether charged with car theft, drug possession, assault or some other indiscretion our first priority is that your son or daughter is not tried as an adult.
This is because, if convicted, juvenile records remain sealed and when the juvenile turns 18 their records are usually expunged if they have met certain conditions outlined by the presiding judge.
Consequently, this one mistake need not affect credit scores, the ability to get jobs, admission to college or eligibility for scholarships or grants.
On the flip side, in the unfortunate event the judge does make the decision to try your son or daughter as an adult, Nolan Law Firm will do everything possible to either prove their innocence or get the least amount of jail time as possible.
After all, having a family member charged with a crime is traumatic enough without adding more misery to an already extremely difficult situation.