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Teenagers & Jail Time - Smith & McGhee

Does jail time actually help kids?

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When juvenile offenders are given jail terms, the goal often seems to be correcting their behavior by making them never want to go to jail again. If they know time behind bars is waiting for them, they’ll make better decisions to avoid it, the theory says. But does this actually work? According to some… Read More »

Status offenses only apply to juvenile justice cases

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When a person who is still a minor runs afoul of the laws that apply to minors, it’s possible that he or she might find him or herself in the juvenile justice system. This system is very different from the adult criminal justice system in a variety of ways. One way is the presence… Read More »

Young boy won’t face criminal charges for murder

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The recent news of an 8-year-old boy who was accused of killing a 1-year-old girl shocked the entire nation. When the story first broke, people thought that the boy was going to face criminal charges for the baby’s death. It has since come to light that the boy won’t face criminal charges because of… Read More »

Drinking and driving has serious penalties for underage people

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If you are facing a DUI in Alabama and haven’t yet turned 21 years old, you are facing an underage DUI charge. This charge is very serious because of Alabama’s zero tolerance approach to drinking and driving for those who are underage. A conviction on a charge of underage DUI can have serious effects… Read More »

Questions and answers regarding Alabama’s juvenile courts

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All of the courts in Alabama have special divisions that are known as juvenile courts. Generally speaking, these courts deal with people under the age of 18 who have been accused of things that are crimes if adults do them. Here are a few common questions and answers that everyone in Alabama should know… Read More »

What are some terms associated with juvenile justice?

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Parents and guardians who have a child going through the juvenile justice system often hear a variety of new terms when they are drawn into the process. It is important to understand what different terms mean because these terms sometimes have a considerable impact on the outcome of the case. What is a child… Read More »

Status offenses should be considered serious by parents

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The juvenile justice system varies from the adult criminal justice system in a variety of ways. The inclusion of status offenses are one of these ways. Parents and juveniles who are involved in the juvenile justice system should understand what a status offense is so they can prepare for the proceedings related to the… Read More »

What rights do minors have during police questioning?

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When people think of children who are being questioned by police officers, they might not realize that there are some very specific rights that children have. In fact, minors might actually have more protections when dealing with the police than adults have. Do police have to tell minors their rights? Yes, police officers have… Read More »

A defense attorney’s role in cases involving juveniles

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In Alabama, the law provides rigorous guidelines designed to protect the rights of juveniles accused of criminal activity. At the same time, the prosecution works hard to fulfill its duty to prosecute. For families with a minor child facing criminal charges, this means a skilled yet careful touch is needed for the defense. While… Read More »