Juvenile Law FAQs
What is the punishment for juvenile burglary?
Any felony charge brought against a person who is a juvenile (under the age of 18) is still considered a felony. The difference between the charge being brought against a juvenile versus an adult is that only an adult can be sent to adult prison or be placed on adult probation. A juvenile can be placed in a juvenile detention center, which is like a jail just for juveniles, but generally that is for a maximum of 21 days, and only if the juvenile is deemed sufficiently at risk (using an evaluation done by the Department of juvenile justice, which looks at the juvenile’s prior record, the specifics of the charge and other factors). A judge in juvenile court can sentence a juvenile to a juvenile program, and these can vary to being located in the juvenile’s town, and not lasting long, to more intense programs where the juvenile would stay there, away from home, and go to school there and complete all the program’s requirements. There are various levels to these programs, and the most serious of these could be considered a juvenile “prison”, where only juveniles are housed.
If the State Attorney’s Office feels that a juvenile record or the nature of their charges makes them not a good fit for the juvenile court system any longer they can direct file against the juvenile as an adult, in which case the juvenile, though not 18 years old yet, can be charged as an adult and handled in the adult system. Generally these are for juveniles with serious prior records, or for more serious offenses, like any (including burglary) that involve the use of firearms. Even if the juvenile is sent to adult court, their lawyer can appeal to the judge to still sentence them as juveniles.
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