Statistics on Juvenile Crime in Colorado
According to the Colorado Department of Public Safety Division of Criminal
Justice (DCJ), there were a total of 11,080 arrests for juvenile crimes
in 2011, a figure which constitutes .02% of the 541,013 Coloradans between
the ages of 10-17 statewide. The most common arrests were:
The rate of juvenile crimes in Colorado is on the decrease, thanks in large
part to increased activities on the part of law enforcement agencies throughout
the state. For example, violent crime arrests are down by 67% since 1980,
and property crime arrests are down 73% per the DCJ.
The Juvenile Justice Process in Colorado Springs, CO
This may be an intensely stressful and worrisome experience for your family,
but by understanding what to expect throughout the process you can improve
your chances of successfully extracting your child from the juvenile justice system.
The process begins with taking the suspect into custody. At this point,
he or she may be released directly into the custody of the parents if
the law enforcement officer deems this to be appropriate, or the suspect
may be taken into detention. There will shortly be a hearing to review
the case, and again this may result in the suspect being released to the
parents, either directly or after posting bail. Alternatively, the suspect
may continue to be detained. The District Attorney will perform a preliminary
investigation to evaluate the merits of the case, and if he or she decides
to file charges there will an advisement in court at which the charges
will be read to the suspect. The next step is the preliminary hearing,
at which the defendant will be asked to enter a plea, guilty or not guilty.
It may be possible at this stage to have the charges dismissed based on
problems with the evidence or similar issues, or the defense attorney
may negotiate a plea bargain which involves a deferred adjudication involving
a diversion program. Alternatively, the case may proceed to trial.
Enlist the Help of a Colorado Springs Juvenile Crime Attorney
The juvenile justice system follows a similar route to the adult
criminal process, with a significant difference that the juvenile courts are focused on
rehabilitation rather than punishment. By involving an attorney from Clawson
& Clawson, LLP as early as possible, you may be able to have the situation
resolved swiftly and with a minimum of damage to your child's reputation
and future career. We understand how much is at stake for your child's
future, and are ready to put our 120 years of combined experience to work for you!