As a minor facing criminal or civil charges, it is important that you understand that the bail bond and overall court process can be different for you. Because you are not legally a adult, in many cases you will not be tried as an adult, receive the same punishments as adults, or go to jail with adults upon conviction. In addition, the bail bonds process for you as a juvenile offender can be different from an adult offender’s bail bond process. It is important to understand these differences in order to prepare yourself for your individual experience with the court.
There are a few different terms that you should familiarize yourself with if you are a minor being charged with a crime. If you have been charged with a crime in the state of Connecticut, you need to consider your age when determining how and where you will be tried. If you are 16 years old or younger, you will most likely be prosecuted in juvenile court. Juvenile court differs from adult court in that the cases are heard and punishment is determined by a judge, as opposed to a jury. Juvenile court is also sealed, which means that the trial will not be open to the public. The trial itself is private and the results of your trial will not be made known to the public. Only government officials will have the right to see your juvenile record. In extreme cases, children who are 16 years old or younger can be tried in an adult court. This will only occur if the crime that the minor is charged with is very serious. Keep in mind that youths who are 16 years old are younger rarely have cases that go to adult court. Most likely, your case will be tried in juvenile court.
If you are over 16 years of age but under 18 years of age, you will be tried as a youthful offender. Youthful offender cases are generally tried in adult court, but they differ from adult proceedings in the following ways:
• The case is still heard by a judge, not a jury
• The record will be sealed and the case closed to the public.
Despite your age, if you are under the age of 18, it will affect your ability to post bail. This is because only people who are over the age of 18 can post bail. As a result, if you are a minor faced with bail, you will need the permission of your parents to post bail, and the help of someone over the age of 18 to post bail for you. This also means that if you are a minor, you cannot post bail for other people, such as friends or family members who ask for your assistance.
Posting bail as a minor is not too complicated, but it does differ from posting bail as an adult. For assistance posting bail, you can contact Connecticut Bail Bonds. We would be happy to represent you or answer any questions that you may have on the subject.