My son was involved in a robbery with another student against a student. The student was punched and his wallet was taken from him that contained $400. My son is 17 years old and this is his first offense. If he pleas guilty to the crime could he face prison time or could the sentence be reduced to some form of juvenile rehabilitation program of some sort? Until this time he has never been arrested .
If he is charged as a juvenile then he may be placed in a juvenile facility. It is similar to jail but for juveniles. If he is 17 he may be charged as an adult however an attorney could attempt to move it to juvenile. Contact an attorney immediately and do not put any details online of the situation.
Contact an attorney now. He could be charged as a juvenile or an adult depending on age, delinquent act and use of a weapon such as a gun. The State Attorney will decide. But later a court will make the final decision as to whether your son will be tried as a juvenile or adult.
Common sense indicates a juvenile sentence for a delinquent act is better.
You need a lawyer who has experience in this area.
Assuming he is not charged as an adult (immediately hire a lawyer if he is to have the case waived back down to the juvenile court), then you will receive a letter from an intake officer of the Department of Juvenile Services to bring your son to a meeting to discuss the case. You have the right to an attorney at this meeting. It is at this meeting that a determination will be made as to a recommendation by DJS to the prosecutor, either to proceed with formal charges before a judge if the Juvenile Court, or to resolve the case informally. An informal disposition typically involves counseling and perhaps community service or a class. If it goes before a judge, then there may be several hearings and if found "involved in a delinquent act" (juveniles are not convicted of crimes) then your son can be placed under supervision of the court and placed in a juvenile detention facility or released home on a type of probation, but the court retains jurisdiction over him until he is either released from supervision or he turns 21. A juvenile charge is never public record and cannot appear in any background check nor be inquired into by employers or in connection with other applications.
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