Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Jensen 111 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1925 Milwaukee, WI 53202-4825
Jeffrey W. Jensen is a criminal defense lawyer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also a criminal appeals lawyer in Wisconsin.
How do children find their way into adult court?
Those not involved in the criminal justice system might be shocked to learn about the number of children who are being prosecuted in adult court. A decade ago, in response to the perceived increase in violent crime by juveniles, the Wisconsin Legislature created Chapter 938 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Chapter 938 governs juveniles delinquency. The law provides that virtually all criminal offenses committed by juveniles who are at least seventeen years-old will be prosecuted in the adult system. The philosophy behind the law is that for children of that age there is simply too little time left in the juvenile system to adequately address the child's needs. The law also provides that for certain serious offenses-- first degree intentional homicide, for example-- children as young as ten years old may be charged in adult court. Where a child is originally charged in adult court, the law also provides that the child may file a petition for "reverse waiver". That is, the child may attempt to prove to the court that he or she is not appropriate for the adult system. Chapter 938 also guides the court's disretion in deciding which children, originally charged in children's court, should be waived into adult court.
Milwaukee criminal defense attorney Jeffrey W. Jensen, of the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Jensen, a Milwaukee law firm with offices located at 111 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1925, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has represented persons throughout the State of Wisconsin. If you will face felony charges in either state court or in federal court you should call 414.671.9484. Attorney Jensen regularly appears in Milwaukee County (Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer), Waukesha County (Waukesha criminal defense lawyer, Brookfield criminal defense lawyer), Washington County (West Bend and Germantown criminal defense lawyer), Racine County (Racine criminal defense lawyer), Kenosha County (Kenosha criminal defense lawyer), Brown County (Green Bay criminal defense lawyer), Fond du Lac County (Fond du Lac criminal defense lawyer), and Winnebago County (Oshkosh criminal defense lawyer)
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