Under what circumstances can juveniles be tried as though they were adults?

In any case of a delinquent child, the Court can, at its discretion after the transfer hearing permit that child to face charges in adult court. A number of factors may be considered by the court in determining whether a child should be transferred. Some examples include the following:

  • The child has committed a serious crime.
  • The crime was aggressive, violent, premeditated or willful.
  • The crime was against a police officer.
  • The child committed the crime with adult accomplices.
  • The child has a history of committing crimes.
  • The need for stiffer penalties than provided for in juvenile court.