Due to their age, children receive special treatment in Arizona. Unfortunately, because of their youth, they often do not comprehend the ramifications of their actions until it is too late. A juvenile conviction (known as an “Adjudication”) may cause immediate and irreparable harm to your child’s future. A criminal record can interfere with your child’s admission to a university and their ability to secure a good job.
Under some circumstances a child can be charged with a crime as an adult. This can happen by “direct filing” from the County Attorney’s Office or by a “transfer” proceeding.