Your Child is Charged as an Adult

Certain offenses allow the district attorney to charge your child as an adult in adult court. That means if convicted in adult court, your child will be given an adult sentence (adult jail or prison). If your child is charged with a “crime of violence” your child may be eligible to be charged as an adult in adult court. Certain crimes of violence have minimum mandatory adult prison sentences.

A child may be charged as an adult if he/she is 16 years old and alleged to have committed a class one or two felony, or a sexual assault. A child may also be charged as an adult if they have are alleged to have committed a crime of violence.

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