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Juvenile Crimes Archives

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.

Time in adult prisons can be detrimental to young offenders

There are juvenile detention centers and special programs designed specifically for young offenders, but that doesn't mean they're always used. Thousands of children have been tried, convicted and sentenced as if they were adults. This has even happened to some children who are just 8 years old. These young offenders then land in adult jails and prison systems.

How you can keep your kids safe from underage drinking charges

Juvenile crimes can impact your child in many ways, from resulting in a jail sentence from the courts to having to serve time performing community service. As the holidays approach, one possibility is that some kids will get into trouble with alcohol.

You can protect your child against charges outside juvenile court

If a juvenile is charged with a crime, this can be a very serious moment in his or her life. A charge now could be sealed at the age of 18, but certain types can affect a child or minor for the long term. Other times, a particularly heinous crime might be tried in an adult court, risking a child's future.

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