Juvenile Assault in Arizona
Acts of assault are typically those in which one person behaves violently toward another individual. Assault crimes can be further classified into such categories as sexual assault, physical assault, and the threat of assault.
Juvenile assault is often a result of teens fighting with each other. If the juvenile is old enough, the court will decide if they should be charged as an adult or have their case go through juvenile court.
Juveniles charged in juvenile court will be considered “delinquents.” Those who are first-time offenders typically have less severe consequences, with the hope of rehabilitating them rather than immediately punishing them. Delinquents can be punished for juvenile assault in many ways, including:
- Counseling or treatment programs
- Community service
- At-home detention
- Juvenile detention
According to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, between 80% to 90% of juveniles sent to diversion programs through juvenile court in Maricopa County are successfully rehabilitated and do not return with additional juvenile charges.
Juveniles who are repeat offenders will face increasingly harsh punishments as a result of their actions, including incarceration.
Juvenile Assault with Adult Charges
According to A.R.S. 13-501, a juvenile who is 15, 16, or 17 years old will be tried as an adult if they are accused of forcible sexual assault or any other violent felony offense, which includes aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Even juvenile assault charges can have lasting implications for an offender. If you have a child who has been charged with a juvenile crime, reach out to Rideout Law Group today.
RIDEOUT LAW GROUP
With offices in Lake Havasu City and Scottsdale, our firm serves the entire state of Arizona, with a particular focus on criminal defense, family law, and juvenile cases.
Our goal is for the best outcome for your criminal case, which can include:
- charges that are reduced or dropped.
- top experts reviewing your case.
- aggressive negotiations with the prosecution for plea bargains.
- fines or probation in lieu of jail time.
At Rideout Law Group, our attorneys are able to expertly examine the evidence in your case to provide a strong strategy for argument that leads to an outcome that is most favorable to you. We have experience in all types of criminal cases for both adults and juveniles, with positive outcomes both in plea negotiations as well as jury trial settings.
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