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There are options to help Arizona teens charged with a crime

Teenagers are still developing into the adults. This means that they may not be able to comprehend the consequences of their actions as they would if they were an adult. Alternatively, they may simply be under the belief that nothing bad could happen to them. Some teenagers may even fall in with the wrong crowd and be subjected to peer pressure. Any of these situations could cause a teenager in Prescott Valley to commit a criminal offense.

When will a teen in Arizona be tried as an adult?

Making mistakes is simply part of growing up. Some mistakes are minor and serve as a good learning experience. However, sometimes a youth makes a bad choice or is simply hanging with the wrong crowd. At times like this, the youth might be accused of committing a crime. Normally, if a youth is between the ages of eight and 18, they will fall under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. However, there are times when some teenagers in Arizona will be tried as adults.

When is it illegal for a person to purchase alcohol in Arizona?

It is not unusual for teenagers in Arizona to experiment with alcohol. They may wonder what it tastes like and how it will affect them. Some may be urged to drink due to peer pressure, while others may seek out alcohol out of curiosity. However, if a person under the legal drinking age is caught trying to purchase or obtain alcohol by other means, they could find themselves in legal hot water.

Law aims to give young people in Arizona a chance at redemption

It goes without saying that kids make mistakes. Sometimes, these mistakes are relatively minor while other times these mistakes have landed the juvenile in legal hot water, where they were punished harshly. However, according to the current federal case law, courts must not sentence juveniles to life in prison without parole. The case that gives us that law is also applicable to juveniles who have previously been sentenced to life in prison for murder. In Arizona, there are 34 juveniles already serving life without parole who will now need to be resentenced. However, it remains to be seen how this law will be logistically applied in future cases.

Number of Arizona juveniles placed in adult jails soars

The number of juveniles in Maricopa County, Arizona, that have been placed in jails meant for adults has increased almost two-fold since one year ago. It has been reported by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that, as of right now, there are 92 juveniles in MCSO jails. Of those juveniles, 79 are facing charges as adults and are waiting for their trials to commence. Also, three of the juveniles are being charged as such, but the MCSO is holding them for federal authorities.

Don't let juvenile crimes affect your child's entire future

Teenagers do not always have the same maturity and foresight that adults have, and this can lead them to make decisions without fully understanding the consequences. Other times, they may give in to peer pressure or they may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever the surrounding circumstances, there are times when a minor in Prescott Valley finds themselves facing criminal charges.

Juvenile crime down in Arizona, nationwide

Adults in Arizona may see teenagers as troublemakers. But, it may come as a surprise that juvenile crime in Arizona and nationwide is on the downturn. Nationwide, juvenile arrests reached its highest point in 1996. However, the number of juvenile arrests nationwide plummeted 68 percent by 2015. Specifically, between 2007 and 2014, per information compiled by the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, there was a 45 percent decline in the number of juveniles sent to the courts in the state, and a 49 percent decline in the number of juveniles ultimately sent to corrections.

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