Can a juvenile be tried as an adult?

One of the biggest fears many parents have is what will happen if their child under the age of 18 years old is arrested. In New York, juvenile crimes are taken very seriously and are handled with care. The courts understand that juveniles make mistakes and still have a lot of life left ahead of them. They can usually tell when a child that makes a mistake will learn his or her lesson and go on to be a law-abiding citizen. In many cases, minors under the age of 18 will be tried as a juvenile in family court after committing an offense.

However, when a juvenile commits a serious crime, they may be upgraded to being charged and tried as an adult. In some serious cases, even 13, 14, and 15-year-olds can be tried as an adult in criminal court. Some of the crimes that are considered serious enough to be waived up to criminal court and ultimately try the juvenile as an adult include the following:

  • Murder
  • Serious drug offenses
  • Rape
  • Assault
  • Armed robbery

It may be possible for the juvenile to obtain a reverse waiver, which would allow the child to be moved back to Family Court if the child’s attorney can convince the court it is in their best interests.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.