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Sentencing – Special Offenders – 19-2-908

H. Michael Steinberg is both an experienced and a dedicated Colorado Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney

As a former Senior – Career Arapahoe – Douglas County District Attorney -in his13 years (1984 – 1997) years as a prosecutor – H. Michael was assigned to the prosecution of hundreds of juvenile prosecutions. As a Colorado Criminal Defense Lawyer for the last 16 years (1997 – 2013) – he has successfully handled hundreds more juvenile cases.

Juvenile criminal defense lawyers must be specialized in this area and must have specialized training and experience to be effective on behalf of their clients… essentially just children. Because Juvenile Court is different than adult court –  an experienced lawyer in adult may be incompetent to practice in juvenile court.

Where your child’s freedom and future is at stake…go with experience every time.

Here is the statute referenced in the article that linked you to this page:

19-2-908. Sentencing – special offenders

(1) The court shall sentence a juvenile adjudicated as a special offender as follows:

(a) Mandatory sentence offender. The court shall place or commit any juvenile adjudicated as a mandatory sentence offender, as described in section 19-2-516 (1), out of the home for not less than one year, unless the court finds that an alternative sentence or a commitment of less than one year out of the home would be more appropriate; except that:

(I) If the person adjudicated as a mandatory sentence offender is eighteen years of age or older on the date of the sentencing hearing, the court may sentence that person to the county jail or to a community correctional facility or program for a period not to exceed two years, if such person has been adjudicated a mandatory sentence offender pursuant to this article for acts committed prior to such person’s eighteenth birthday; or

(II) The juvenile or person may be released by the committing judge upon a showing of exemplary behavior.

(b) Repeat juvenile offender. The court shall sentence any juvenile adjudicated as a repeat juvenile offender, as described in section 19-2-516 (2), out of the home for not less than one year, unless the court finds that an alternative sentence or a commitment of less than one year out of the home would be more appropriate; except that:

(I) If the person adjudicated as a repeat juvenile offender is eighteen years of age or older on the date of the sentencing hearing, the court may sentence that person to the county jail or to a community correctional facility or program for a period not to exceed two years, if such person has been adjudicated a repeat juvenile offender pursuant to this article for acts committed prior to such person’s eighteenth birthday; or

(II) The juvenile or person may be released by the committing judge upon a showing of exemplary behavior.

(c) Violent juvenile offender. (I) (A) Upon adjudication as a violent juvenile offender, as described in section 19-2-516 (3), the juvenile shall be placed or committed out of the home for not less than one year; except that this sub-subparagraph (A) shall not apply to a juvenile who is ten years of age or older, but less than twelve years of age, when the court finds that an alternative sentence or a commitment of less than one year out of the home would be more appropriate.

(B) Upon adjudication as a violent juvenile offender, if the person is eighteen years of age or older on the date of the sentencing hearing, the court may sentence such person to the county jail or to a community correctional facility or program for a period not to exceed two years, if such person has been adjudicated a violent juvenile offender pursuant to this article for acts committed prior to such person’s eighteenth birthday.

(II) The court may commit a violent juvenile offender to the department of human services. The court may impose a minimum sentence during which the juvenile shall not be released from a residential program without prior written approval of the court that made the commitment.

(d) Aggravated juvenile offender. The court shall sentence an aggravated juvenile offender as provided in section 19-2-601.


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