Minors accused of delinquency offenses in juvenile court could also face adult criminal charges in certain situations. Young defendants in either position reserve the right to an attorney like any other American citizen.
The Miley Law Firm’s juvenile law and criminal defense attorneys understand the delicate situation of a minor being accused of delinquency charges and the priority to keep that minor’s case in juvenile court. Whether you or a minor you know is facing juvenile charges or potential criminal charges, our seasoned attorneys will will guide and educate young defendants and their families though the court process. The following information reviews common juvenile charges in Nevada and potential situations where a case may be transferred to adult criminal court.
Common Juvenile Charges in Las Vegas
According to the 2013 Clark County Juvenile Justice Services Databook the following charge statistics reflect the top 10 most common juvenile charges in Clark County at the time of referral.
- Habitual Truancy
- Petty Larceny
- Possession of Marijuana
- General Curfew Offenses
- Violation of Probation
- Possession or Consumption of Alcohol
- Judicial Order
Instances of Juveniles Being Charged as Adults
In some cases the State may try to prosecute juveniles who are being accused of serious offenses as adults in Las Vegas court systems. The following lists common instances where a minor’s case may be transferred to adult court.
- Minors over the age of 16 accused with felony-level charges, such as sexual assault or offenses involving a firearm with certification by juvenile courts.
- Any minor over the age of 16 accused of murder will be tried in adult criminal court regardless of certification by the juvenile court.
- Any minor 13 to 16 years old accused with murder or attempted murder may be tried in adult criminal court if certified by juvenile court.
- Any felony committed by juvenile on school property resulting in death or bodily harm with intent to cause harm will be under the jurisdiction of adult criminal court regardless of age or certification by the juvenile court.
- A child 14 years old or older who is being accused of an offense that would be considered a felony if committed by an adult with the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts.
For other instances regarding juveniles being charged in criminal court see the Legislative Counsel Bureau Juvenile Justice Policy and Program Report.
It is crucial that any juvenile either accused or arrested for delinquent or criminal charges immediately seeks counsel. Protect your rights and call the Miley Law Firm Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys and juvenile law attorneys for a free consultation. We understand that young people make mistakes. Minors facing juvenile charges deserve the best representation and the best possible future.