When a juvenile is charged in the State of Minnesota, the process and procedures are vastly different than those found in the adult court system. The main differences are that a juvenile does not have a constitutional right to a trial by jury, and a juvenile generally cannot go to prison past the age of 18 However, there are circumstances that, depending on the age of the offender, and the seriousness of the offense, the State of Minnesota may attempt to prosecute the juvenile as an adult, and seek certification to that effect. In those instances, upon conviction the juvenile may be sentenced to a prison term well exceeding his or her 18th birthday. Alternatively, the State of Minnesota may attempt to prosecute the juvenile under our Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction statute, or EJJ. This process gives the state the opportunity, upon conviction, to incarcerate the juvenile until the age of 18.

The attorney’s at Nelson Law have over 30 years combined experience dealing with the complexities of Minnesota’s juvenile laws. Contact us with any questions you may have, or for a free initial consultation.

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