Juvenile Crimes, Law and Trying a Juvenile as an Adult
When is A Juvenile Tried as an Adult?
If a minor is over 16 years old at the time of the commission of an offense, the Juvenile Court may have a hearing to decide if the minor should be prosecuted in juvenile court or adult court. In court, these five criteria determine if the juvenile will be found “unfit”:
- The minor’s sophistication.
- The period necessary for rehabilitation of the minor.
- The previous delinquent history of the minor.
- The prior attempted rehabilitative efforts made.
- The seriousness of the criminal offense.