Some states have "automatic transfer" laws that require juvenile cases to be transferred to adult criminal court if both of the following are true. The offender is a certain age or older (usually 16). The charges involve a serious or violent offense, such as rape or murder.
Similarly one may ask, how many juveniles are tried as adults in a year?
Juveniles constitute 1,200 of the 1.5 million people housed in federal and state prisons in this country, and nearly 200,000 youth enter the adult criminal-justice system each year, most for non-violent crimes. On any given day, 10,000 juveniles are housed in adult prisons and jails.
Can a 16 year old be charged with a felony?
16- to 17-year-old who commit B-E felony - mandatory adult system unless prosecutor finds extraordinary circumstances for juvenile system. 13- to 17-year-olds who commit misdemeanor - juvenile court, but can transfer with hearing if also charged with a felony.
Can you go to jail for a minor?
It's now 18 years old. Minors can still receive adult prison sentences for crimes committed as a juvenile if they are serious enough, however. Depending on the age they will go to county jail or a youth facility. In Texas 17 is generally the age that they go to jail.