Facing criminal charges of any kind can be scary -- facing charges as a teenager is even more so. For two Minnesota teens, charges related to alleged violent robberies could have very different outcomes based on how the court system treats them. Juvenile crime is often handled in a variety of ways and outcomes rely on cooperation between defense attorneys, prosecutors and the court. Understanding legal rights and how to work within the system is essential for protecting the future of any youth accused of a crime.
A 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy are accused of participating in robberies in March. Both are charged with three counts of felony first-degree aggravated robbery. According to the Hennepin County Attorney, prosecutors are moving to try the 16-year-old youth as an adult. He said they recognized that the 13-year-old boy may have been pushed into the robberies by a violent environment, and he stated the system will remove him from that environment in an attempt to help him.