Either way, he is an adult at 16 for these charges.
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Depending on his criminal history he may be eligible for youthful offender which would result in no criminal record. I suggest you hire a good criminal defense lawyer as the case may be defensible.
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At 17, he is an adult for prosecution purposes. If the crime with which he is charged is a misdemeanor, then youthful offender adjudication for a first timer is mandatory. If it is a felony, then it is discretionary if convicted. Juvenile only applies for a person UNDER 16 years of age.
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