Category: Juvenile Defense
When Can a Juvenile Be Tried as an Adult in Kansas?
In Kansas, minors under the age of 18 are prosecuted in juvenile court in most cases. However, it is also possible for minors to be prosecuted as adults. As explained in the instructions to the Kansas Judicial Council’s Motion to Authorize Prosecution as an Adult: “[Section 38-2347(a)(1) of the Kansas […]
What are the Consequences of Being Adjudicated Delinquent in Kansas?
For juveniles, being found guilty of a crime does not result in a conviction, but rather an “adjudication of delinquency.” Minors sentenced in juvenile court are not at risk for jail time; however, being adjudicated delinquent can still have many significant repercussions. Here, Olathe juvenile attorney Jerry Merrill explains the […]
What Happens After You Get Arrested as a Juvenile in Kansas?
If you have been arrested, it is important for you to understand what comes next. Unfortunately, Kansas’s juvenile justice process is extraordinarily complicated, and this makes it hard to figure out what you can expect – and what you need to do – while your case is pending. To help […]
Attorney Jerry Merrill Secures Not Guilty Verdict for Kansas Teen Charged with Murder
Attorney Jerry Merrill recently secured a not guilty verdict for a 14-year-old boy who was charged with second degree murder in Johnson County. As reported in the Kansas City Star and The New York Times, the jury found that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that the boy knew […]