Skip to content. In June, a year-old boy was arrested after he threw a rock at police during a political rally in New Mexico. Prosecutors stated that the boy, who was charged with two felonies, would be tried as an adult. We want to guide him and lead him in the right direction.
What makes juvenile offenders different from adult offenders?
Should Juveniles Be Charged as Adults in the Criminal Justice System?
Foreword Responding to juvenile offending is a unique policy and practice challenge. This paper outlines the factors biological, psychological and social that make juvenile offenders different from adult offenders and that necessitate unique responses to juvenile crime. Although juvenile offenders are highly diverse, and this diversity should be considered in any response to juvenile crime, a number of key strategies exist in Australia to respond effectively to juvenile crime. These are described in this paper. Historically, children in criminal justice proceedings were treated much the same as adults and subject to the same criminal justice processes as adults. It is widely acknowledged today, however, both in Australia and internationally, that juveniles should be subject to a system of criminal justice that is separate from the adult system and that recognises their inexperience and immaturity.
Adult Criminal System vs. Juvenile Criminal System
Understandably, parents of juvenile children who have been accused of a crime worry about whether their child may face the same processes and punishment as adults who allegedly commit the same crime. In the majority of cases, minors are tried in the juvenile court system. While this system focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment often handed down by adult courts, it is important to note that juveniles do not have the same protections as adults in regards to defending against wrongful or false accusations.
The Bruno Law team has extensive experience representing juveniles who have been charged with a crime, ranging from minor traffic matters to serious felonies. Representing juveniles in criminal cases is in many ways different from representing adults. In most jurisdictions, including Minnesota, when juvenile cases go to trial, the child is not afforded a jury trial like in adult court. Rather, one judge is the finder of fact at a trial.