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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.

New program seeks to prevent juvenile crime

A juvenile delinquent is a minor, generally between the ages of 10 and 18, who commits an illegal act like underage drinking or shoplifting. Instead of a trial, juveniles receive an "adjudication" and a "disposition." It is after the disposition that the juvenile is sentenced. Juvenile crimes fall into one of two categories. The fist involves crimes that would be considered criminal acts if they were committed by an adult. The second category involves "age-related" crimes. Both can have serious consequences.

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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.

Outreach project warns about effects of underage drinking

Laws restricting access to alcohol among minors were first enacted in the 20th century. Initially these laws varied dramatically from state to state. In 1984, however, Congress enacted the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, prohibiting persons under 21 from purchasing or publicly consuming alcohol. To enforce the act a portion of federal highway funds is withheld from any state that refuses to comply. Today, every state, including New Jersey, prohibits underage drinking.

Juvenile offenders subjected to solitary confinement

Like their adult counterparts, teenagers can make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes can cross the line into criminal behavior. From age-based offenses like underage drinking and curfew violations, to criminal offenses including drug charges and domestic violence, juvenile crimes are treated differently than adult crimes, often by being punished much less harshly. Nevertheless, ending up in the New Jersey juvenile justice system is still no walk in the park.

Juvenile crimes come with their own consequences

In the United States individuals who have not yet reached the age of majority are generally viewed as juveniles in the eyes of the criminal justice system. The juvenile law system is very different than the adult criminal justice system, and it requires specific expertise on the part of attorneys who handle these types of cases. Juvenile law, for example, consists of different procedures and different laws than the adult criminal system.

Keeping kids out of jail may help reduce juvenile crime

Juvenile justice is based in part on the belief that juvenile offenders, more so than adults, are redeemable. The origins of juvenile law in the U.S. can be traced back to the mid-1800s, when lawmakers began to worry that institutionalizing children with adults was doing more harm than good. In an attempt to save these children, a progressive era in juvenile law sprang forth, and with it came the early stages of our modern juvenile justice system.

Criminal record expunged after 18 years

Crimes committed as a juvenile can often haunt a person for many years. While most juvenile criminal records are sealed once the offender becomes an adult, in some cases, a juvenile crime record can continue to cause problems for former offenders. New Jersey residents may be interested to learn about a man who fought to have his juvenile criminal record erased after 18 years of living a crime-free life.

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