Depending on the severity of the case, children under the age of 18 can still be tried as adults in criminal court. However, in Colorado, if you’re being accused of a crime as a juvenile, you might be able to avoid charges by participating in a rehabilitative diversion program.
To ensure that you have the best chance of success with your case, you should always hire experienced legal counsel, and that’s where Liberty Law Center comes in.
What Can Happen if You’re Arrested as a Minor in Colorado
If you’ve been arrested as a minor, following Colorado law, your parent or guardian will be notified. You’ll be released to your parent or guardian if the violation is minor, but you’ll be expected to show up for your court date. However, if you’re being accused of a crime that involves violence or weapons, a screening team is required to investigate while placing you on a mandatory hold.
If You’ve Been Arrested, What Can You Expect?
As a minor, if you remain incarcerated, a juvenile court will hold a detention hearing. At this point, you will be appointed a public defender, but it’s important that you understand that you have the right to seek other legal counsel as well. At Liberty Law, we’ll defend your rights, and make sure you understand the allegations against you, and ensure that you follow up on any responsibilities you have to the court.
We’ll also help you prepare for trial and uphold your pretrial release terms. These terms can include, but are not limited to:
Random Drug Tests
What’s the Juvenile Court Process Like?
Following your arrest, the district attorney’s office will conduct a preliminary investigation, and depending on what they find, the next court hearing will either be used to:
Drop any charges against you
Refer you to a diversion program or informal adjustment
Press delinquency charges and outlining the allegations against you
Following this process, if charges are to be pressed against you, a pretrial stage will begin. At Liberty Law, we’ll work with you to formulate a plan that works for you. For example, if you’re charged as a juvenile delinquent, your sentencing terms might include:
Physical or Mental Evaluations
Supervised Work Programs
Juvenile Detention Sentence
However, as a minor, you can be charged as an adult depending on the severity of your crimes. In this case, your sentencing can look much different and significantly affect your life’s quality, but during sentence fulfillment and after. Because of this, hiring experienced legal counsel to protect your rights and freedoms is crucial.
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