Motion to Transfer a Juvenile to Adult Status

Motion to Transfer a Juvenile to Adult Status

Definition

A motion requesting that a juvenile be criminally prosecuted as an adult. In federal court, there are six factors a court must analyze in determining whether the transfer of a juvenile for adult prosecution would be in the interests of justice. The factors are (1) a juvenile’s age and social environment, (2) the type of offense alleged, (3) any prior history of delinquency, (4) the juvenile’s mental development and maturity, (5) any past rehabilitation efforts and their results, and (6) the availability of services designed to address a juvenile’s behavioral issues.

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