What would happen to a 17 year old if he assaulted someone? 11 Answers as of February 27, 2013

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William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
If you have previously been adjudicated in criminal court, or if the prosecution moves for the juvenile court to waive its jurisdiction to the criminal court, then potentially you face up to 10 years in prison. However, in juvenile court you may be committed to the Department of juvenile services until you're 18, and if the department asked to extend the commitment, then it may be until you're 21. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the states case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. You and your parent should consider seeking a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Beware that online posts are not confidential. If somehow the prosecution were to find your post, then it might be used in evidence against you.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 2/27/2013
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
I would need further information to answer better. There are different degrees of assault. Also it would depend on other things such as what are the injuries to the person, is there a prior criminal record etc .
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/24/2013
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
He/she get charged with a crime and must now defend the allegations.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 2/20/2013
Axley Brynelson, LLP | Tyler Wilkinson
It depends. First, the person would need to be referred into the criminal justice system. This usually happens when a person is arrested. Once inside the criminal justice system, a person 17 years or older is charged and prosecuted as an adult. Second, the district attorney would decide whether to file criminal charges and, if so, what type. Common charges in this scenario include assault and disorderly conduct. There are often different levels of assault charges based on the harm to the victim. Third, the case would be prosecuted and eventually decided in court. If the defendant is found guilty, then the judge sentences the defendant based on the particular facts of the case. The case could be resolved at any of the steps listed above. What would happen to a 17 year old person if he assaulted someone really depends on the facts of the case.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 2/20/2013
VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, LLC | Anthony Overton Van Johnson
In Georgia, once an individual reaches the age of 17, he/she is treated as an adult for prosecution purposes. Accordingly, if a 17 year old assaults someone, he/she can expect to be prosecuted in the State Court, if the offense is a misdemeanor, or in the Superior Court, if the offense is a felony.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 2/20/2013
    Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
    Depending on how badly the victim was injured, the assailant could face a jail sentence of 1 to 3 years.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    He would likely be arrested and held accountable for his crime in either a juvenile or adult court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter
    Law Office of Jared C. Winter | Jared C. Winter
    With so little information, I would say that the range of possibilities for "what would happen" is anywhere from "nothing" to years in state prison. You obviously need to give some more details. Were there injuries? How bad? Was this a sexual assault? How old is the victim? Was there provocation? Were there any weapons involved? The answers to these questions make all the difference.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Based upon the nature of the crime, the 17 year old will be charged as an adult. Depends upon the severity of the assault as to what he is looking at. Minimum is assault 4 with a max penalty of 1 year in jail. If it is more serious, then he could be charged with a felony, which can carry very serious jail/prison time if convicted.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    He would be treated like at adult, and could face jail time.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 2/20/2013
    Rizio & Nelson
    Rizio & Nelson | John W. Bussman
    That question involves about a million moving parts. Obviously, I would need a lot more info before I could even try to answer it. I need to know about the circumstances. Did anyone get hurt? Did he use a weapon? Was he acting in self-defense? Was this gang-related? Did anybody see what happened? If so, what did they tell the police? What does his criminal history look like? etc.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/20/2013
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