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Will a child have an easier time than an adult in criminal court?

The California legal system does not treat or punish children in the same manner as adults. The reasons are obvious: Children have yet to develop the same level of understanding that adults have of ethical and social norms. In this respect, children do not have what is referred to as "legal capacity."

Common juvenile crimes in California

As a parent, you know the goodness in your son or daughter, and you can probably understand your children better than anyone else. This is why, when our children are accused of crimes, it can be difficult for a parent to take. You want to believe in your child, and maybe you know for a fact that your child is innocent. On the other hand, maybe you know that your child made a mistake and you want to make sure that he or she isn't treated too harshly in criminal court.

Juvenile penalties: The penalties your child could face

Children and teens make mistakes. It's a sort of right of passage. Parents correct the errors their children have made by penalizing them, and the children learn as a response. In situations where a child commits a crime, it's not that simple to move forward.

How many children are tried as adults?

In certain situations, minors can be tried as adults when they go to court. Many people assume that this doesn't happen often and that it's only used for the worst cases. The idea is that these crimes are so serious that putting the kids through the proper juvenile courts may not net them a sentence that actually fits. So, how many children are tried this way?

Indirect peer pressure may cause minors to commit crimes

Peer pressure has often been linked to crimes, especially among young people, who tend to be more likely to respond to it. However, a study suggests that simply being close to someone else who has committed a crime may make young people more likely to do so. This is thought of as indirect peer pressure, as they more or less respond to the environment in which they live.

Physical brain development and the likelihood of crime

When people are accused of crimes, many different factors may come into play, such as their family life, upbringing and social circles. Everyone is different, of course, so these are simply a few common examples. However, one study suggests that a huge contributing factor could be one the person has no control over: the physical development of his or her brain.

Should juveniles be treated differently than adults in court?

Should juveniles really be treated differently than adults for the same crimes? While many people agree that they should, the truth is that there is a reason why they are not tried and penalized in the same ways. Juveniles make mistakes and don't always understand the full consequences of their actions. By giving them different punishments, the courts can work to rehabilitate them instead of penalizing them in a way that could affect them for the rest of their lives.

Penalizing juveniles with fines could be a hindrance economically

Fining juveniles is one way that a judge or court can impose a penalty. However, this isn't always the best idea. In fact, it can be detrimental to the offender, his or her family and his or her future avoiding criminal activities.

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