What Are Juvenile Crimes in New York?

Our firm understands the stress a parent faces when their child has been charged with a crime. Fortunately, you are not alone and with the help of a skilled Rockland County juvenile crimes attorney, you can ensure that the proper steps are taken to protect you and your child’s future. Give us a call today to discuss the details of your case and how we can best serve you. Here are some questions you may have:

What should you know about juvenile crimes in New York?

In New York, individuals who commit a crime under the age of 18 are considered a juvenile in the eyes of the law. Additionally, even if your child has since turned 18 but committed the crime before he or she turned 18, he or she can still be deemed a juvenile. With that being said, New York is one of only two states that treat individuals over the age of 17 as adults. Furthermore, when it comes to more serious crimes, such as murder and rape will most likely merit an adult court trial.

What crimes will get you tried as an adult in New York?

As displayed above, New York can – and will – try your child as an adult, in the event that his or her case calls for it. In addition to murder and rape, the following crimes may warrant an adult criminal trial:

  • First-degree robbery
  • Armed robbery
  • Second-degree aggravated assault
  • Carjacking
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Arson
  • Possession of a firearm with the intention of harming another person with it, or in the commission of another serious offense
  • Attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the crimes mentioned above

You should also keep in mind that New York permits a reverse waiver, which offers your child the opportunity to be tried in Family Court.

Why is juvenile court better in New York?

In New York, a conviction for one of the above-mentioned serious offenses indicates that a minor can potentially obtain a life sentence. That is why it’s important to reach out to a skilled Rockland County criminal defense attorney to keep your child out of the adult court system. Besides this, juvenile courts tend to have more relaxed consequences and a focus on rehabilitation, eventual expungement of your child’s record, a lower risk of suicide or recidivism, and a reduced social stigma. An adult conviction can negatively affect the rest of your child’s life. But fighting for your child’s future can be a struggle, requiring quality legal representation.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation.