New Jersey children have their whole lives in front of them. They have opportunities that many adults cannot participate in. However, children are prone to making mistakes as they grow into adults. Many children -- particularly teenagers -- are trying to discover who they are and make poor decisions along the way. Some of these mistakes may only get the teenager in trouble at school or home, however, others are much more serious. When children do illegal things, they can be subject to criminal sanctions and charged with juvenile crimes.
Individuals under 18 are considered minors in most states in the United States. Despite the seriousness of many minor crimes, juvenile crime is still treated differently than adult crimes. One major difference is the juvenile law system views minors as children, lacking the requisite intent. While penalties for a juvenile crime should not be taken lightly, being charged as a juvenile is far better than being charged as an adult.