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Adult Prosecution - Direct File
In a Direct File
situation the County Attorney files charges in the adult criminal judicial system and the juvenile is
treated as if he/she were an adult. They are kept in the adult jail, unless they are bailed out, and can be sent to an
adult prison or placed on adult probation. If convicted, he/she is subject to the same civil disabilities as an adult. The County
Attorney MUST file adult criminal charges against a juvenile if he is at least 15 years old and
- charged with murder, forcible sexual assault, armed robbery, or an aggravated assault in which the victim is seriously injured or a deadly weapon is used, or
- charged with any felony, and has twice been adjudicated of a felony as a juvenile.
The County Attorney MAY file adult criminal charges against a juvenile if he/she is at least 14 years old and
- charged with any class 1 or class 2 felony, and other class 3 felonies such assault, kidnapping, sexual offenses,
burglary, criminal damage, arson, robbery, or fraud, or
- charged with any class 3, 4, 5, or 6 felony, involving serious physical injury or dangerous weapon.
Each year upwards of 350 juveniles are the subjects of Direct File petitions. See ARS 13-501
for statutes regarding Direct Files.