A common misconception among those with a juvenile record is that prior juvenile adjudications cannot be used against them when they are later charged with criminal conduct as an adult. In fact, the entire record (including juvenile) of a defendant will be known to both the District Attorney and the Court when an adult is charged with a crime. In many respects, juvenile adjudications are treated no differently than adult priors. It is also important to keep in mind that in certain circumstances, juvenile adjudications can be counted as “Strike” priors, thereby seriously enhancing potential punishment for pending adult charges. The extent to which juvenile priors may be used against an adult in a pending criminal matter can raise highly complex legal issues requiring the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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