What Should You Know About Juvenile Crimes in New York?

It’s a regrettable truth that many of us did things we are not proud of when we were younger. Unfortunately for some of us, those lapses in judgment also happen to be crimes in the eyes of the state of New York. If your child is facing the possibility of being charged in the adult court system, please read on, then contact an experienced Rockland County juvenile crimes attorney to learn what you should know about juvenile crimes in New York.

What should you know about juvenile crimes in New York?

Generally speaking, those under the age of 18 when he or she commits a crime will be considered a juvenile in the eyes of the law. Also, even if your child has since turned 18 but committed the crime before he or she turned 18, he or she can still be considered a juvenile. That being said, New York is one of only two states that treat individuals over the age of 17 as adults. Additionally, more serious crimes, such as murder and rape will most likely warrant an adult court trial.

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

As indicated above, New York can – and will – try your child as an adult, if his or her case merits it. Including 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 above-mentioned crimes

You should also know that New York allows 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 means that a minor can potentially receive a life sentence. That’s why it’s important to contact 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 lenient 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 impact the rest of your child’s life. But fighting for your child’s future will be an uphill battle, requiring quality legal representation.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.