Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction Lawyer in Minneapolis

Extended juvenile jurisdiction (EJJ) has been on the books in Minnesota since 1995, allowing the juvenile court to issue a dual sentence — an adult sanction and a juvenile sanction. The juvenile justice system will enforce the juvenile sanction until the offender's 21st birthday, with the adult sanction enforced if the juvenile court orders are violated.

EJJ means potential prison time, so it is important to fully understand your rights and have an attorney capable of protecting them in this complex system. Defense lawyer Christa Groshek understands the unique needs of minors in the justice system and how to protect their rights in both juvenile and adult court.

Know your rights. Call Groshek Law today at 612-424-5829 or toll free at 888-721-1056 for a free, confidential consultation.

Eligibility for EJJ

In determining whether an extended juvenile jurisdiction disposition is appropriate, the individual's age as well as the nature and severity of the crime will be key factors. Other factors include the juvenile's record or previous behavior while on probation.

EJJ Hearing

Once the prosecutor has made an EJJ designation, a hearing will be held before a judge to determine whether the case will be designated EJJ or simply dealt with as a delinquency matter. The court will order a probation study and psychological study and a hearing will focus on whether the prosecutor can prove by clear and convincing evidence that the statutory factors for EJJ have been met. The juvenile's attorney will be able to cross-examine the state's witnesses as well as present witnesses on the juvenile's behalf.

EJJ is also the fall back option when an adult certification motion fails.

Contact a Minneapolis Juvenile Defense Lawyer

It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to have an attorney who is familiar with the complexities and procedures involved in EJJ. Contact Groshek Law today for a free, confidential consultation.