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Juvenile Crimes Archives

Tried as a child or an adult? virginia decides

The topic of murder is never a light case, especially when that case involves an individual who is not yet considered an adult. Situations in which a juvenile is charged for murder inevitably muddy legal waters, especially since the verdict is ultimately up to each individual state. In Virginia, specific laws protect juveniles in these situations, yet simultaneously deal with murder fairly and meticulously.

The details of juvenile marijuana laws

Most Virginia residents do not take juvenile crimes as seriously as those committed by adults, as the repercussions of juvenile cases are generally short-lived. Even though this assumption is largely true, there nonetheless exist countless juvenile crimes that come with lasting consequences. 

Violent juvenile crimes

Every day, America receives news involving a variety of crimes, ranging from minor theft to murder. Yet in between the spectrum of all crimes in the country lies juvenile crime, a topic well-known to the public but also of critical importance. Many state courts have difficulty determining proper penalties for juveniles who commit crimes, and the initial reason for committing the crime often goes overlooked. As for Virginia and teen offenses against the law, what can be said of the generally recent surge in violent crimes in certain areas of the state? 

Sexting: harmless fun or a dangerous act?

In today's fast paced, technologically-centered world, mobile phone use is nearly a habitual act. Cell phones are centers for communication, networking, news, business and entertainment, so many may wonder how a crime could involve such a useful device. Although the advantages of text messaging are apparent, sexting is a relatively new term that, while legal in some cases, can also present complex issues in the case of minors. The state of Virginia has laws regarding sexting to protect its citizens from potential harm, but some laws are currently under scrutiny and revision.

Fighting for the rights of youths in the juvenile justice system

A juvenile who is facing the juvenile justice system is likely going to feel frightened. These young people often have faced lifelong battles and really don't know where to turn for help. While it is possible that they can get the help they need through the juvenile justice system, they still need someone on their side to make sure that their rights are kept in place.

Youths often financially burdened by the juvenile justice system

When you think of juvenile courts, you probably think of courts that are only there to punish juveniles and then let them go on their way. Interestingly, these juveniles who go through the system are responsible for paying court costs and other expenses. That leaves some juveniles in jail even longer because they can't pay what they owe.

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