Categories of Juvenile Crime in Colorado Springs

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Not all juvenile crimes in Colorado Springs are equal. The consequences a child can expect if found guilty of shoplifting a candy bar will not be the same as if he or she was found guilty of sexual assault. There are multiple categories of juvenile offenses in Colorado, and how both the crime and the child are classified will determine how they will be treated by the state’s juvenile justice system.

Categories of juvenile crimes in Colorado Springs include:

Mandatory Sentence Offender

A “mandatory sentence offender” is a juvenile who has been adjudicated for a delinquent act twice and is subsequently adjudicated for another delinquent act. This designation also applies to a juvenile who has been adjudicated for a delinquent act, has had his or her probation revoked for a delinquent act, and is subsequently adjudicated a juvenile delinquent OR has his or her probation revoked for a delinquent act.

Repeat Juvenile Offender

A juvenile who has been previously adjudicated for a delinquent act and is subsequently adjudicated for a delinquent act that constitutes a felony, or a juvenile OR whose probation is revoked for a delinquent act that constitutes a felony will be deemed a “repeat juvenile offender.”

Violent Juvenile Offender

A “violent juvenile offender” is a youth 13 years of age or older who has been adjudicated for a delinquent act that constitutes a crime of violence as defined by Colorado law.  In Colorado, crimes of violence include use or possession of a deadly weapon; causing serious bodily injury or death to any other person; murder; first or second degree assault; kidnapping; sexual offenses; aggravated robbery; arson; burglary; escape; or criminal extortion. 

Aggravated Juvenile Offender

The “aggravated juvenile offender” designation applies to any juvenile who is at least 12 years old and:

  • is adjudicated a juvenile delinquent for a delinquent act that constitutes a class 1 or class 2 felony’
  • has had probation revoked for a delinquent act that constitutes a class 1 or class 2 felony; 
  • is adjudicated for a delinquent act that constitutes a felony and is subsequently adjudicated for a delinquent act that constitutes a crime of violence or has his or her probation revoked for a delinquent act that constitutes a crime of violence; or
  • is adjudicated for a delinquent act or has his or her probation revoked for a delinquent act that constitutes felony level unlawful sexual behavior, incest or aggravated incest.

Habitual Juvenile Offender

A “habitual juvenile offender” is a youth who has previously been twice adjudicated a juvenile delinquent for separate delinquent acts, arising out of separate and distinct criminal episodes, that constitute felonies.

No matter what category and no matter what the crime, and arrest and conviction for a juvenile offense in Colorado Springs can have serious and long-term implications for a child’s future. If your child is in trouble with the law, seek the help of an experienced juvenile crimes defense attorney as soon as possible.  

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