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1 JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM Annie P. Claesson-Huseby

2 ANNIE P. CLAESSON-HUSEBY Bachelor of Science Degree – Public Administration Juris Doctorate Degree, with Distinction Master’s Degree – Public Administration 3 years at Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota 10 years as an Assistant Beltrami County Attorney Chief Assistant since 2006 Elected Beltrami County Attorney November of 2014 Licensed to practice law in State and Federal Court



5 SIMILARITIES ADULT CRIMINAL JUSTICE Offenses Elements of offense Right to an attorney Charging documents Burden of Proof. JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM Offenses Elements of offense Right to an attorney (delinquency) Charging documents Burden of Proof.

6 MAJOR DIFFERENCES ADULT – CRIMINAL JUSTICE Goal – Hold accountable Rights Advisory (Miranda) Rules of Criminal Procedure Open to the Public Right to Jury Trial Age – 18 at time of offense Exception – 1 st Degree Murder (16 y.o.)/DWI/Petty Traffic. Sentencing – Guidelines Jail/Prison Time JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM Goal – Rehabilitate Rights Advisory (Miranda, plus) Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure Generally closed to the Public Over 16/Felony, EJJ, Certified No Right to Jury Trial – Exceptions Age – Under 18 at time of offense Indeterminate Sentencing Many disposition options – Least Restrictive

7 CERTIFICATION Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedure, Rule Generally, is applicable when the prosecutor moves for certification, and the child is alleged to have committed, after becoming 14 years of age, an offense that would be a felony if committed by an adult. Initiated upon motion of the prosecuting attorney. Maybe made anytime before jeopardy attaches. Certification Study. The court upon its own motion or the motion of the child’s counsel or prosecuting attorney may order social, psychiatric or psychological studies concerning the child of a certification study. Report must address each of the public safety considerations, and options of the court (certification, EJJ, and retention of juvenile court jurisdiction.

8 CERTIFICATION VS. EJJ CERTIFICATION The child is treated like an adult from start to finish of the case. Once certified Juvenile Court Jurisdiction ends, and District Court Jurisdiction starts. Adult Sentence from the beginning. EJJ Child is given a stayed adult sentence. Adult sentence is not imposed unless the child violates terms of juvenile probation. Case remains in Juvenile Court until the EJJ is revoked.

9 CERTIFICATION - CONTINUED Presumption of Certification – It is presumed that a child will be certified if: The child was 16 or 17 at the time of the offense. The delinquency petition alleges that the child committed an offense that would result in a presumptive commitment to prison under the sentencing guidelines, or a felony level offense in which the child allegedly used a firearm. Probable cause has been determined. Note, the presumption can be overcome if the child demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that retaining the proceedings in juvenile court serves public safety. Note, note, if the juvenile court does not order certification in a presumptive certification case, the court shall designate the proceeding as an EJJ prosecution.

10 CERTIFICATION - CONTINUED Non-presumptive Certification If there is no presumption, the court may only order certification only if the prosecuting attorney has demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that retaining the proceeding in juvenile court does not serve public safety. In determining whether the public safety is served by certifying the matter, or designating the proceeding as EJJ, the court shall consider the following factors: Seriousness of the offense. Culpability of the child (level of participation in planning and carrying out offense). Child’s prior record. Child’s programming history – including willingness to participate. Adequacy of the punishment or programming available in the juvenile justice system. Adequacy of programming available. Dispositional options available for the child.

11 CERTIFICATION - CONTINUED If juvenile court certifies the matter, the juvenile court jurisdiction ends, and all subsequent steps in the case are governed by the Minnesota Rules of Criminal Procedure.

12 EXTENDED JURISDICTION JUVENILE Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile Proceeding (EJJ). Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile is a child who has been given a stayed adult criminal sentence, and for whom jurisdiction of the juvenile court may continue until the child’s 21 st birthday.

13 EJJ - CONTINUED EJJ Study… Same as Certification Study. EJJ hearings, generally public is excluded. EJJ Determination is REQUIRED if there is a presumption of certification, but the child has shown by clear and convincing evidence that retaining jurisdiction in juvenile court serves public safety. EJJ is otherwise discretionary. The court may designate the proceeding EJJ when: The court finds that designating the proceeding as EJJ serves the public safety.

14 EJJ- CONTINUED Every child who is the subject of an EJJ prosecution is entitled to a jury trial. Upon a guilty plea or conviction the court shall: Impose an adult criminal sentence, and stay execution of the sentence on conditions that the child not violate the conditions of juvenile probation. Unless stay is revokes, jurisdiction shall terminate upon the child’s 21 st birthday, or at the end of the maximum probationary period, whichever occurs first. The court may terminate jurisdiction earlier.

15 JUVENILE PROBATION PETTY OFFENDER Petty level… Minnesota Statue 260B.235 Adjudicate Petty Offender Fine $100 Community Service Drug Awareness Program CD Assessment Probation for 6 months. Restitution

16 JUVENILE PROBATION DELINQUENCY Delinquency Disposition – Minnesota Statute 260B.198 If charged and convicted or plea… then adjudicate delinquent. Adjudication can take place at time of plea, or a later time… after predisposition report is completed by DOC. Once adjudicated delinquent – usually placed on supervised probation. Indeterminate period of probation up until the juvenile’s 19 th birthday. Child can be held in an institution for purposes of detention, diagnosis, or treatment purposes … must be least restrictive. Public policy and the law mandates that the best interests of the child are normally served in parental custody. Fine up to $1000. Treatment needs Remove Driver’s License until 18 th Birthday Go to school.


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