Court denies 17-year-old to be tried as juvenile

The Superior Court denied last Monday a bid to have the traffic cases of a 17-year-old male transferred to juvenile court.

Lance Jude Tenorio Camacho, 17, through his lawyer, made the motion to have his cases transferred.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho denied Camacho’s motion because, according to the judge, who cited the Commonwealth Code, Camacho falls under one of the exceptions when the traffic court has jurisdiction over a violator’s violation, regardless of age.

According to the Commonwealth Code, the chapter does not apply to juvenile violators of non-felony level traffic statutes except a juvenile violator under the age of 16 years at the time of the violation, or if the juvenile is charged with violation of having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or more for a person under the age of 21.

Camacho, who was 16 at the time of the incident, was charged with multiple traffic law violations: operating a vehicle without a license, reckless driving, failing to immediately stop a vehicle at the scene of the accident, failing to operate a motor vehicle at a prudent rate of speed, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, and being under the influence of alcohol.

Camacho was originally charged with having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or more for a person under the age of 21. However, on Feb. 19, the Office of the Attorney amended the charges.

Because Camacho was not charged with having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01 percent or more for a person under the age of 21 and he was already 16 at the time of the incident, the court had to deny Camacho’s motion to be tried in juvenile court.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.
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