Changes May be Ahead for Bill on Prosecuting Teens as Adults

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A proposal that could keep district attorneys from prosecuting some teenagers as adults may face changes in the senate this week.

Prosecutors oppose House Bill 1208, which is up for its first hearing in the Senate on Wednesday.

One of the sponsors, Democratic Sen. Brandon Shaffer of Longmont, says he's working on some possible revisions but won't discuss them.

Under current law, district attorneys can decide on their own whether offenders as young as 14 should be prosecuted as adults.

The bill sponsored by Shaffer and Democratic Rep. Claire levy of boulder would prevent district attorneys from filing adult charges against 14- and 15-year-olds.

They could still file adult charges against teens 16 and older, but the defendants could ask a judge to move their case to juvenile court. The teen's lawyer would have the burden of proving why the case should be transferred.

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