Juvenile Assault Charge
Simple assault is causing, attempting, or threatening to injure someone else. If you’re under 18 it is considered a juvenile offense and will be handled by the juvenile court system. This gives you more options for punishment that does not automatically send you to jail. Whether it is charged as a misdemeanor or felony determines how severe the punishment will be.
Penalties for Juvenile Assault
Common punishments for juvenile simple assault are:
- jail time at a juvenile detention center
- community service
- anger management classes
- drug or alcohol treatment
It is possible, if you are over the age of 16, to be charged as an adult if the crime is serious enough. This moves you out of the juvenile courts and into the adult criminal courts. Since you may be punished as an adult and the charge will be on your permanent record, it is essential you get an experienced attorney to make sure this does not happen.