If a juvenile has a warrant out for burglary and they turn themself in will that be considered during sentencing?
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Sadly, despite the fact the Minnesota Constitution categorically affords a right to bail in all criminal cases, juvenile cases are not considered under that rubric and have no right to bail. If he has an attorney, public or private, he should contact them and arrange a turn in. If a defense lawyer can contact a prosecutor about a juvenile warrant in particular, often it's more important to the County that a juvenile's whereabouts and circumstances be known. What I am saying is try to bargain for his release pending disposition. Be prepared to pony up money for a GPS or EHM system of sorts. Urine testing. No use or possession. He's gotta be ready to subject himself once again to government supervision and stay obedient to probation and he's gotta be ready to tell the court that.
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It's impossible to say what his consequences will be without being the lawyer on the case and learning about the full facts and circumstances. The best way for you to "help him get answers so he can make smart choices" is to help him get a lawyer retained. These are serious charges and he needs to take it seriously. With that said, the basic answer to your question is probably yes. It's always better for a person to turn themselves in versus being involuntarily apprehended later by law enforcement.
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Yes, at a dispositional hearing (in the event a juvenile should be adjudicated guilty) a judge would take all information presented into account, including whether the juvenile turned himself in after learning of a warrant. It seems to me that the only real choice is to either attempt to live as a fugitive for as long as possible, on the one hand, or on the other hand, to turn yourself in and resume participation in society. Since people who choose the fugitive path generally regret it and eventually turn themselves in; it seems more advantageous to do so right away; since that is at least one factor a judge could credit as a responsible choice. Most juveniles will qualify for a public defender (free defense attorney). So he could contact the public defender's office by phone now for guidance.
The smart choice is to turn himself in on the warrant. Other than that, there is no meaningful additional information that can be provided under the circumstances. He is a juvenile and therefore any information regarding his particular case is confidential. Providing an intelligent answer regarding any potential consequence is impossible without additional information regarding his juvenile record and the circumstances of the burglary. He should get representation - a private attorney if possible, otherwise a public defender should represent him.