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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.1

Introduced by Senator Sears of Bennington District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Juvenile proceedings; youthful offenders  

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to increase from 17 to 25 the age at which a person may be treated as a youthful offender.

AN ACT RELATING TO YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  33 V.S.A. § 5505 is amended to read:

§ 5505.  TRANSFER FROM OTHER COURTS

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(f)  A defendant in a criminal proceeding who has attained the age of 16 but not the age of 18 26 at the time the offense is alleged to have been committed may file a motion requesting treatment as a youthful offender.  The court may transfer the proceeding to family court if it finds:

(1)  the defendant enters a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to the offense charged pursuant to Rule 11 of the Vermont Rules of Criminal Procedure;

(2)  the defendant is amenable to treatment or rehabilitation as a youthful offender; and

(3)  public safety will be secured by treating the defendant as a youthful offender.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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