Juvenile cases are heard in state juvenile court. Cases are heard by the court, without a jury. Juveniles are afforded the same constitutional protections as adults:
A “juvenile” is a person who has not attained his eighteenth birthday, and “juvenile delinquency” is the violation of a law of the United States committed by a person prior to his eighteenth birthday which would have been a crime if committed by an adult. A person over eighteen but under twenty-one years of age is also accorded juvenile treatment if the act of juvenile delinquency occurred prior to his eighteenth birthday. 18 U.S.C. Sec. 5031
In 2010, there were 75.2 million Americans under age 18
In 2009 there were 859 murders by juvenile offenders, or 9% of all murders
On average, juveniles were involved in 1/4 of serious violent crimes
Below are the top reason for arrests for2010 in California
Top Ten Causes of Violence in the Order that Children Cited them
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
Each state has its own procedural rules. Using the example of Alabama:
There are signs that may give clues to a juvenile that may be at high risk of participating in illegal conduct.
Families, schools and communities can add to the risk of juvenile delinquency. Below are examples of conditions known to lead to this type of behavior.
There are also factors that help protect young people from going down the wrong path including:
As a parent, it may not be possible to give all of these to your child. The important thing is to control what you can to give your children the best chance to avoid making mistakes that could put them in juvenile court.
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A: They are free to question her, and she is free to say she does not want to be questioned without her parents there, which all kids should be taught by their parents to say. No one has to talk to government, and no one should, and kids in particular should never talk to government without a ...
A: In theory they are the same, but generally an understanding juvie judge will not make the outcome be wardship with penalties but instead some sort of non-penal outcome in exchange for a fine and community service.
A: No, not necessarily. Juvenile court is supposed to be about rehabilitation, not punishment like adult court. Was she given a court date to appear? http://www.kenneylegaldefense.us
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