Juvenile Crime Paper

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Juvenile Crime Paper
Malina Wiese
December 9,2012

Juvenile Crime Paper
Juvenile Court is a tribunal having special authority to try and pass judgments for crimes committed by children or adolescents who have not attained the age of maturity, generally defined as persons under the age of 18 and above the age of 10. Adult Court is a court of law where adults can be tried, and if convicted, face adult punishment such as probation, adult prison, or even the death penalty.
Juvenile cases are handled differently than adult criminal cases. Instead of a criminal district or county court, juvenile cases are heard by a juvenile court judge. A juvenile who is alleged to have committed an offense may have their case heard in juvenile
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Roughly half of all juvenile arrests are made for theft, simple assault, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, and curfew violations, according to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Some other crimes that are committed by juveniles are auto theft, DUI, trespassing, underage alcohol consumption, and property damage. In an average year, only about 3% of cases heard in juvenile court involved violent offenses like robbery, rape, murder, and aggravated assault. Historically, the vast majority of juvenile court cases have involved male offenders. Usually between the ages of 14 and 17. But the number of girls entering the juvenile justice system has been on the rise in recent years, in an average year, girls accounted for 27% of all juveniles facing proceedings in the juvenile courts in the United States. Over the last 10 years, there has been a marked increase in the number of crimes committed by juveniles. The largest increase has been in the number of violent offenses committed. Motor vehicle theft and property crimes, burglary, and larceny have also increased substantially. Juveniles are not only committing more crimes, they are more frequently becoming the victim of a crime, and more and more juveniles are being victimized by assailants armed with firearms.
A criminal record will negatively impact the
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