If an adult had a juvenile charge and is now facing a felony charge, can the old juvenile charge be held against them?

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If an adult had a juvenile charge and is now facing a felony charge, can the old juvenile charge be held against them?

Asked on October 28, 2010 under Criminal Law, Iowa

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

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking no, the juvenile charge can not be brought up in the adult case.  However, some judges can let certain of the facts surrounding a juvenile charge in to an adult case to show things like intent of a defendant.  But that would be in cases where the crimes are related in some way.  It can be discretionary and up to the judge but a defense attorney would argue against it being let in as prejudicial or based upon other reasons and I am sure use it as the basis of an appeal should the defendant be convicted in the trial.  I would speak with a criminal defense attorney in your area. 


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