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Juvenile Crimes Archives

Springfield Twp. police say they won't tolerate juvenile crimes

When groups of teens get together, sometimes peer pressure can get the best of them. Moreover, a young person's mind is still developing, and they may be unable to understand the long-term consequences of their actions. This may cause a teen to inadvertently commit an illegal act, even if they never meant to do anything harmful to another. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean police in Pennsylvania will be lenient with them.

Teenager accused of breaking synagogue window

Most children don't have the maturity to anticipate how seemingly innocent acts could actually constitute illegal activities. For example, understanding the difference between curiosity and criminal acts can be a blurred line for many Philadelphia teenagers. Take into account the following incident.

The Social Study and juvenile crimes

Philadelphians need to make decisions every day. Sometimes these decisions are simple or mundane. However, other decisions can have a very big impact on their lives. This is true for both adults and minors. Also, sometimes what seems like not that big of a deal can turn into a life reshaping ordeal depending on what the person decides to do. If the decision involves making a choice between doing something illegal or not, this is especially true.

How many juveniles are in placement as a punishment?

Both adults and juveniles can be subjected to penalties if they are convicted of a crime. However, there are some differences on how adult cases are handled in comparison to juvenile matters. The goal of the juvenile law system is to rehabilitate young individuals so that they do not make the same decisions as an adult. So, juvenile punishments are based on that goal and are made accordingly.

Number of alleged juvenile crimes vs. substantiated ones

Young people in Philadelphia can find themselves in peculiar circumstances. Sometimes these situations lead to allegations of criminal wrongdoing. Those juveniles who are accused of a crime may be confronted by the potential for harsh penalties that can affect their future.

Teenager charged after allegedly shooting paintball gun

As children grow up in Philadelphia, they make many decisions regarding what to do each day. Many times, these decisions revolve around what they think will be fun, but they may not take into account the potential consequences of these decisions. Sometimes these consequences are harmless and may just annoy the people around them. However, other actions that may just seem like harmless fun can result in criminal charges.

What to expect at a juvenile adjudicatory hearing

Many adults who commit crimes go through the criminal justice system in Philadelphia. There is a hearing process that must be followed and an order to what happens at each of those hearings. Similarly, if a juvenile is accused of a crime, they will also go through a process known as the juvenile law system. There are many similarities between the two systems, but there are differences as well, which take into consideration the age and maturity of the juveniles.

What happens at a juvenile dispositional hearing?

As people in Philadelphia know, there are a set of rules for children and a different set of rules for adults. Children need to be supervised much more than adults because children usually do not understand the consequences of their actions. Adults, generally, need to protect children from these consequences, so they learn and do not make the same mistakes as they grow older. This is also true in the criminal world. While many of the laws are similar, after a law is broken, juveniles are treated differently than adults in the juvenile law system.

Juvenile informal adjustment after a written allegation

Juveniles are treated differently than adults in Philadelphia in many respects. Until they are 18-years-old their parent or guardian is responsible to ensure that their needs are met and the parents usually make the rules for the child. In order to do many things the child also needs the consent of the parent or guardian. Juveniles are also treated differently in the criminal system as well. For most offenses, people under 18 go through the juvenile justice system, which is different than the adult system in many respects.