Juveniles in Prescott Valley and throughout Yavapai County can find themselves in legal trouble for a variety of reasons. With law enforcement in the area constantly on the lookout for violations such as underage drinking and driving, it is not uncommon for young people to find themselves under arrest and facing the juvenile law system, its consequences and penalties. Because there can be far-ranging implications for convictions when a person was a teenager, it is important to understand what they are up against and have legal assistance in a defense against the allegations.
It is unavoidable that Arizona teens will get into mischief. Some of it is harmless. However, there are times when their behavior is against the law and they will face arrest for allegations of having committed juvenile crimes. Although they might not be under the impression that a crime such as vandalism is serious, it can have a negative impact on their lives and must be met with a strong defense to seek an acceptable resolution. For this, having legal assistance is a must.
Simply put, sexting is when one person, usually via instant message or other electronic media, sends a sexually explicit image of himself or herself to at least one other person, usually a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Three teenagers, including one who is legally a minor, were arrested by Prescott Valley police because they shot a firearm in a local park. The firearm was reportedly a stolen weapon, but there was no allegation that the teens were the ones who stole it.
School has started up for many across Arizona. While there are school rules to be followed, most students usually abide by them. However, one Arizona teenager was placed under arrest for reportedly violating his school's dress code and becoming disruptive. Specifically, the teen would not take off a blue bandana he was wearing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.