Appealing a Juvenile Adjudication

A juvenile defendant has the right to appeal an adjudication of delinquency and to have a higher court review an adjudication of delinquency for possible errors, just as an adult would be able to appeal a conviction. At one time in or country’s history, the legal system frequently ran roughshod over the rights of juveniles. That changed subsequent to the 1967 landmark Supreme Court decision in In re Gault387 U.S. 1 (1967), that held that juveniles accused of crimes in a delinquency proceeding must be afforded many of the same due process rights as adults, such as the right to timely notification of the charges, the right to confront witnesses, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to counsel. As a result, juveniles more often have grounds for appeal–on these or other procedural errors.

Time limits apply to filing appeals

There is a limited time after the lower court adjudication in which the child can file a notice of appeal to preserve the right to an appeal. If the appellate court finds the grounds, it may, at its discretion, either reverse or modify the decision of a lower court.

If your child has been wrongly adjudicated delinquent or wrongly convicted in an adult court in a bench trial or a jury trial in Arizona, contact the Jackson White law firm for experienced preparation and presentation of appeals on all cases concerning juveniles under the age of 18. Because an adjudication or conviction has the potential to create many roadblocks in your child’s future, we will use every tool at our disposal to clear his or her record.

Call Arizona appeals attorney Jeremy Geigle at Jackson White Law today to make an appointment to discuss your child’s adjudication or conviction and have us review the trial record to determine possible grounds for appeal. The attorneys at Jackson White handle appeals for Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Gilbert, Flagstaff, Tucson, and the entire state of Arizona.

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