Juvenile or Adult Crime?

Does your date of birth make a difference in a  criminal case? Yes, if you are arguing that you were a juvenile at the time of the offense. In Maine if you are under the age of 18 and commit a criminal offense (with some exceptions) you will be charged in juvenile court. For sex crimes this makes a huge difference. The maximum sentence you can receive in juvenile court is to be committed to the age of 21. In adult court you can be sentence in excess of 20 years. In the attached news story the Defendant claims he was 17 years of age at the time of the offense meaning he can only be committed for 4 years as a juvenile. As an adult he could be in his 40’s before being released from custody.

Click the link for the Portland Press Herald News Article – Assault suspect say his actual date of birth makes him a juvenile. 

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