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Category Archives: Juvenile Crime

Crimes Committed by Teens

Crimes Committed by Teens

In criminal law, a juvenile offender is a person under a certain age who has been charged with a criminal act. Different jurisdictions have varying standards on what age a person must be in order to be tried as a juvenile. Generally, a person under the age of 17 or 18 is considered a juvenile offender. For more serious offenses, like murder or rape, a juvenile may be removed from the juvenile justice system and tried as an adult, depending on the circumstances. Juvenile court is a court that handles cases involving individuals who are under the legal age of adulthood. Juvenile court handles delinquency cases, which are those in which a juvenile is accused of some type of crime. In addition, this type of court also handles child protection… […]

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Should Teachers Be Armed?

The recent shooting at Sparks Middle School in Reno, Nevada has re-ignited debates over how to keep schools safe. THELAW.TV spoke to West Palm Beach defense attorney Andrew Stine about whether teachers should be armed to protect themselves and their students. View the full story and original source.  

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Andrew Stine Speaks About 10-Year-Old Convicted of Murder

In the California case involving a 10-year old boy who murdered his father, Joseph Hall was convicted of second degree murder, raising the question of what an appropriate sentence would be. THELAW.TV spoke with West Palm Beach, Florida criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine about the case. View the full story and original source The story and Andrew Stine’s appearance was also featured by The Chronicle.

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Criminal Charges Against A Teen

Criminal Charges Against A Teen

A 14-year-old boy is in the Juvenile Assessment Center after police say he tried killing another teen in a drive-by shooting. The boy, whose name isn’t being released since he is under the age of 18, is facing charges of discharging from a vehicle, possession of a firearm by a felon and aggravated assault with a firearm. He will be held in the assessment center while the Palm Beach County State Attorney decides if the boy will be charged as an adult. The shooting, which took place Wednesday, stemmed from a fight during the previous weekend at the Cinemark movie theatre. The victim — a 14-year-old boy — told police that the fight started after his cousin’s girlfriend was seen at the movie theater with another teen. At one point… […]

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How to Deal with Firearm Possession Charges as a Minor

How to Deal with Firearm Possession Charges as a Minor

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a minor has been arrested and stands accused of firing a gun at a house party near Apopka Saturday night and wounding nine people. It is unclear why the shooting occurred but the teen that opened fire has been charged with several crimes including possession of a firearm by a minor. Possession of a Firearm by a Minor in Apopka Weapons possession without the permits or credentials can be a serious crime. When it is a minor, the consequences are a little different but it is still a serious crime. The suspect in this case is a 17-year-old male who is now being held at a juvenile detention center. He has been charged with eight counts of attempted second-degree murder with… […]

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How a Woman is Charged with Kidnapping 20 Years Later

How a Woman is Charged with Kidnapping 20 Years Later

According to an article in The Palm Beach Post, a North Carolina woman was scheduled to appear Monday in federal court to face kidnapping charges. Here’s the kicker – she allegedly snatched the child more than 20 years ago and has raised her as her own. Ann Pettway gave herself up to the FBI Sunday morning in Connecticut after running from a warrant from North Carolina. She is on probation due to stealing items from a store where she worked and was consequently convicted of attempted embezzlement, and wasn’t allowed to leave the state. She turned herself in days after a widely publicized reunion between the child she raised, now an adult, and her biological mother, according to the Palm Beach Post. Carlina White was 19 days old when she… […]

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How Even Juveniles Are Possessing Weapons

According to the Palm Beach Post, two Royal Palm Beach High students were caught skipping school with backpacks containing loaded guns and ammunition. A deputy stopped the two juveniles at the 7-Eleven near Okeechobee Boulevard and State Road 7. They found a loaded black revolver, bullets, and two knives in one backpack, and a loaded 9mm handgun in the other. According to the police report, the teens told deputies that they were gang members and had the guns to protect themselves from other gangs. They also said they had the guns on campus and had just left. Royal Palm Beach Councilman David Swift said the incident has left him with serious questions about safety. Swift was one of the first officials to raise concerns about safety and the image of… […]

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How A Teen Was Caught With Candy Bags of Cocaine

How A Teen Was Caught With Candy Bags of Cocaine

There are stories that are reported on a daily basis about drug trafficking, drug crimes, and drug busts. Many of these cases turn out to be some of the most elaborate schemes put on by professional criminals from all over the world. Some drug dealers however, are so sloppy and careless, that even they make headlines: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A teenager from Puerto Rico is accused of trying to smuggle cocaine through a South Florida airport. Federal officials say 18-year-old Jose Manuel Torres Perez of Puerto Rico arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday with suspiciously thick bags of clothes and candy. According to a criminal complaint, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer sliced open the bags and found a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.… […]

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What Are the Consequences for Juvenile Delinquency?

What Are the Consequences for Juvenile Delinquency?

Juvenile Delinquency is defined as a minor who acts against the law. The consequences for juvenile delinquency varies, many revert straight to juvenile detention centers. Consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer if you have been charged with juvenile delinquency. Adolescents generally test their limits and boundaries set by their parents, teachers, and other members of society. It is a completely natural process for children to express some rebelliousness, push their boundaries, and explore the constraints of rules and regulations. Unfortunately, some minors choose to consistently participate in illegal behaviors and criminal activity that have serious consequences. Whether this behavior occurs at home, school, or in social situations, it is dangerous and needs to be recognized as quickly as possible. Symptoms Delinquent behavior has many signs and symptoms. In order to… […]

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Life Sentence For Minors

Life Sentence For Minors

Life imprisonment (also known as a life sentence, life-long incarceration or life incarceration) is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime where the convicted person is to remain in prison for the rest of his or her life. Examples of crimes for which a person could receive this sentence include murder, high treason, severe or violent cases of drug or human trafficking, or aggravated cases of burglary or robbery resulting in death or great bodily harm (source: wikipedia) This sentence does not exist in all countries. However, where life imprisonment is a possible sentence, there may also be formal mechanisms to request parole after a certain time of having been in prison. This means that a convict could be entitled to spend the rest of the sentence (i.e., until… […]

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