Can Children Sexually Abuse Other Children?
Diversion to Adult Court
Can children be tried as adults? The answer is yes. There are those circumstances in which an alleged crime is so serious that a minor can be tried in adult court. These are usually cases of minors who are closer to the age of majority (i.e., 16 or 17 years of age). The prosecutor from the District Attorney’s Office will request a diversion to adult court. When a case gets moved from juvenile court to adult court, the situation is entirely changed and the consequences are even more serious. This is because juvenile court is more focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment, while adult court is harsher.
Charges that are usually brought to adult court are very serious and include:
- Aggravated murder
- Rape of another child
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Aggravated kidnapping
If your child is facing a serious charge, there is a great potential the prosecution will want to move the case to adult court. Seek the help of an attorney highly skilled and experienced in both juvenile court and adult court. My name is Catherine Cleveland. With more than a decade of experience, I have handled thousands of criminal defense cases in Utah both in juvenile and adult court. Let me help you seek a better future for your child by providing aggressive criminal defense.