Offenses for Juveniles to be tried as Adults (SB 311)

Delinquency may be based on conduct that is designated a crime or public offense (including offenses under local ordinances). Before hearing the petition on the merits, a court may transfer the child to the sheriff of the county to be tried as an adult in a criminal court of competent jurisdiction. T.C.A. § 37-1-134(a) (2017). A child of at least sixteen years at the time of the alleged conduct can be tried as an adult if charged with: first degree murder, second degree murder, rape, aggravated rape, rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child, aggravated robbery, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping, commission of act of terrorism, or an attempt to commit any such offenses. However, the District Attorney General may not seek, nor may any child receive, a sentence of death for the offense for which child was transferred.