Juvenile Courts And Criminal Courts

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There are three different ways where juvenile courts can be transferred to criminal courts. Judicial wavier, legislative wavier, prosecutor wavier, and rarely demand wavier are the three different ways. Judicial court is where the judge makes a decision. Legislative wavier is juveniles at specific ages, charged with specific crimes, are automatically sent to criminal court. If a sixteen year old killed someone, his case could be tried in a criminal court. Prosecutor wavier is where prosecutors are given the choice of filing the case in juvenile or adult court. The decision would come based on the interactions of both parties and the seriousness of the crime. The extremely rare transfer request is the demand wavier. The demand wavier is where the defense lawyer will ask that a juvenile’s case be transferred to criminal court. The reason demand wavier is rare, is because the defense usually is looking for the easiest punishment. By asking to go to a criminal court, the defendant could be receiving a harsher punishment. Psychologists have an important role when deciding about transferring from juvenile court to adult court. The three psychological constructs are amenability to treatment in the juvenile system, risk of dangerousness, and the juvenile’s own sophistication-maturity. The first psychological construct is amenability to treatment in the juvenile system. In other words, the willingness to treatment and change. If a juvenile does not act like he or she wants to

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