Any person under the age of 18 years old in Connecticut is considered a juvenile. When a juvenile commits a crime, they are facing serious consequences that may haunt them for years down the road. The child’s parent or guardian will have to be present throughout the proceedings and should be aware of the possible penalties that the child may face if convicted of the crime.
When a child is arrested, law enforcement follows a similar procedure to when an adult is arrested. They will have to issue a summons and create an arrest report that is signed by the parents. When the parents sign the arrest report, they are agreeing to appear in court. There may be situations in which the child’s crime is considered a serious juvenile offense. Children facing these charges are likely to receive a stricter sentence if convicted. Serious juvenile offenses can include about 50 felonies, such as violent crimes including murder and assault. When a minor above the age of 15 is charged with an SJO, they may be automatically moved to adult criminal court and the court will have to determine if the child is considered a “youthful offender.” If the minor is not considered a “youthful offender,” they will be tried and sentenced as an adult, facing even further consequences.
If your child has been charged with a crime in the state of Connecticut, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can work to protect his or her future.