We Are Your

Criminal Defense Firm

When Juveniles Are Tried in Adult Court

There are some cases involving juvenile offenders that are serious enough to be transferred to adult criminal court.

In most states, a youth offender must be at least 17 years of age to be tried as an adult. There are a number of states in which minors as young as 13 years old. A few states, such as Kansas, Arkansas, and Washington, allow any minor who has committed a serious crime like murder to be tried as an adult, no matter what age.

The following are common factors to determine under which court system to try a minor defendant:

  • The age of the minor (if he or she is close to reaching adulthood)
  • The serious nature of the crime
  • The criminal history of the minor
  • Have past rehabilitation efforts proven to be unsuccessful?
  • How much time would youth services need to work with the minor?

Some juvenile cases get transferred to an adult criminal court through a process known as a “waiver.” This is when a judge waives the protections that juvenile court provides, which often happens when cases involve more serious crimes or minors who have committed crimes before.

The most common way that transfer proceedings begin is through the prosecutor’s request. However, the juvenile court judge can also initiate transfer proceedings. If the prosecutor or judge seeks to transfer the case to adult court, the minor is entitled to a waiver hearing and legal representation.

On the other hand, some states have “automatic transfer” laws which make it mandatory for certain juvenile cases to be transferred to adult criminal court. So if the minor is a specific age or older (typically 16) and the charges involve a serious or violent offense, such as homicide or rape, then an automatic transfer could occur.

If you or your child has been arrested for a crime in Kansas or Missouri, request a free consultation with our Kansas City criminal defense lawyers at Rokusek Stein Law, LLC today.

Categories

criminal defense firm

attorney rokusek is a mock trial instructor for the johnson county police academy and serves on the federal criminal justice academy (cja) panel for the district of kansas and on the federal attorney appointment list. she is also a master attorney in the earl e. o'connor american inn of court.

at rokusek law, llc, our lawyers have a reputation for offering a high-standard of professional service. this is shown by the multiple honors that we’ve been awarded over the years.

Contact Rokusek Stein Law, LLC

Request Your Free Consultation Today!

  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid email address.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter a message.
  • “Jackie has become someone I can trust.”

  • “I recommend her services without hesitation!”

  • “She did an excellent and professional job”

  • “Now we can go on with our lives!”

  • “Excellent and Reliable Attorney!”

  • “Excellent Lawyer!”

  • “When you got up and spoke on my behalf . . . WOW!”

  • “I can confidently say, retaining her was the best decision I could have made.”

  • “Thanks to Attorney Rokusek, I have a successful outcome and brighter future to look forward to.”

  • “Great results from Jacquelyn Rokusek Law Office!”

  • “She was absolutely amazing!”

  • “She worked hard to get me the best outcome possible and always listened to my concerns.”

  • “Thank you for all that you've done for me!”

  • “I am happy with her service.”

  • “Excellent representation!”

  • “Jacquelyn is very ambitious and resourceful!”

  • “I would highly recommend her to others seeking outstanding legal counsel!”

  • “I would call on Jackie or Jessica again if I ever found myself or a family member in need of a lawyer.”

  • “It's nice to have someone like Jackie to get you through it!”