How Are Juvenile Crimes Dealt With in New York?

We’ve all made mistakes, especially when we were younger and not so wise. Unfortunately, some of those mistakes are also considered crimes by New York. If your child is at risk of being charged as an adult, please read on, then contact an experienced Nassau County juvenile crimes lawyer to learn how juvenile crimes are dealt with in New York.

How are juvenile crimes dealt with in New York?

Before the New York legislature passed Raise the Age legislation, it was one of only two states that still automatically charged 17-year-olds as adults. Effective October 1, 2019, the procedures for 16 and 17-years-old are as follows:

  • Those charged with misdemeanors are considered juvenile delinquents and their cases are decided in the Family Court
  • Those charged with misdemeanors under the Vehicle and Traffic Law are considered adults, meaning their cases are decided in the local criminal courts
  • Those charged with felonies and/or a misdemeanor under the Penal Law or the Vehicle and Traffic Law can be tried as adults

What crimes will get you charged as an adult in New York?

The state can charge you as an adult if you are accused of murder, rape, second-degree assault, armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated arson, carjacking, possession of a firearm with intent to harm another person or in the commission of another felony, or attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the aforementioned offenses.

How can you prevent being charged as an adult in New York?

Thankfully, New York has what is known as a “reverse waiver,” which is a procedure that allows a juvenile transferred to criminal court the right to contest or challenge the transfer decision on the basis of his or her fitness for the criminal justice system. This is a complex and difficult procedure, so reach out to a skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorney to discuss what needs to be done to prevent these alleged juvenile crimes from defining the rest of your child’s life. An adult conviction can severely limit their prospects for quality employment, housing, government benefits, student loans, the ability to adopt children and much more. Give your child the best possible chance at a brighter future by hiring quality legal representation.


Whether you need a Nassau County Criminal Defense Lawyer or traffic ticket attorney, The Law Office of Jacob A. Rudman is here to help. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of criminal charges, including DUIs, drug crimes, domestic violence, assault, juvenile crimes, and more. If you have been issued a traffic ticket, it is important to contact us today. We zealously represent clients facing tickets for speeding, reckless driving, driving without a license, and those caught using a mobile device. Contact us today to schedule your first consultation with our trusted legal team.

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