Young adults who were involved in the criminal justice system as minors will experience a different system as adults. While they retain the right to an attorney and privilege against self-incrimination (among others), the juvenile court system focuses more on rehabilitation and usually offers reduced sentencing options. Check out below for more information about what to expect as an adult in the Stark County criminal justice system.
Compared to the juvenile justice system, the following are some of the changes you can expect when you are tried in an adult court:
There are some differences between the juvenile and adult court systems, but there are also many similarities. As is the case for juvenile offenders, adults maintain the same rights necessary for fair and just prosecution, including:
There are some situations where the circumstances surrounding a crime will cause the courts to try a juvenile offender the same as they would an adult. Young people who are tried as adults and convicted will have a permanent record that will follow them throughout adulthood. The following factors may necessitate juveniles tried as adults in the Stark County court system: