A Case of Juvenile Justice Essays

1116 WordsMar 20, 20135 Pages
Charlie – A Case in Juvenile Justice Melissa Thomas CJ420 – Juvenile Justice Prof. Amy Ng December 4, 2012 Abstract Children are gifts from above and need guidance and love. If either one is absent then they are at risk of becoming juvenile offenders or career criminals. The juvenile justice system has many players that facilitate the tools for a juvenile to use an offense as a learning experience. The juvenile encounters three important individuals; the juvenile police officer, probation officer and the judge. These three people dictate what happens to the youthful offender depending on his behavior during the juvenile justice process. “One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.”…show more content…
Considering that the crime Charlie had committed is a class “B” misdemeanor and not a status offense the officer decided to press charges. As stated in the Texas Penal Code the crime of theft or shoplifting is a Class B misdemeanor if: 1. The value of the property stolen is: a. $50 or more but less than $500; or b. $20 or more but less than $500 and the defendant obtained the property by issuing or passing a check or similar sight order in a manner described by Section 31.06; or 2. the value of the property stolen is less than: a. $50 and the defendant has previously been convicted of any grade of theft; or b. $20, the defendant has previously been convicted of any grade of theft, and the defendant obtained the property by issuing or passing a check or similar sight order in a manner described by Section 31.06; (Texas Penal Code - Section 31.03) Because of the severity of the offense in relation to the age of the offender it was a prudent decision for the officer to request the juvenile to appear in court. In the juvenile justice system the probation officer is assigned after the offender’s first court appearance. The Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s (TJJD) vision is
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