Can a 17 year old ask for adult probation?

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Can a 17 year old ask for adult probation?

About 15 months ago, I caught an assault charge and I went to detention for a long time then they put me on monitor. I cutoff my monitor and I was on the run for 10 months but I turned myself into detention and went home on monitor again. However, this time I am not on juvenile probation. My probation expired so I go to court today to see what will happen. My PO is recommending juvenile probation but I do not want to do it because I don’t want to live with my grandmother. The thing is I’ve never had major run-ins with the law just previous assaults from 3 years ago. Will I get probation or can I ask for adult probation?

Asked on August 22, 2018 under Criminal Law, Texas

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Do you mean that you are being charged as a juvenille and not as an adult?  Why would you want to be charged as an adult?  If you are charged as a juvenille then your record is sealed when you turn 18 and you can start anew.  If you are charged as an adult the rest of your life could be a paperwork nightmare as well as a nightmare in moving forward.  Look, start looking forward in your life.  You say that these are old charges and you seem to want to make things better since you voluntarily turned yourself in.  So take the gift the PO is giving you here and finish your probation under the terms and start your life anew.  Good luck.


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