As with most criminal acts, the laws and processes of juvenile crimes vary across state to state. In Kentucky, the details surrounding juvenile crimes can be somewhat hazy, making it necessary to educate yourself on the public policies in place for those citizens who are under eighteen years of age.
As mentioned previously, a juvenile refers to anyone under the age of eighteen and fall under a different category of delinquency because of their age. Juveniles are tried through a different process but are still given a sanction determined based upon the crime that has been committed. You may be wondering what specific crimes are common amongst juvenile acts, and although there are many, a short list includes: curfew laws, minor possessions of alcohol and drugs, sexting, shoplifting and theft, vandalism, and simple assault. The repercussions of these crimes vary from minor punishment, such as community service, to rehabilitation, or even receiving a misdemeanor, however, more serious crimes can result in fines, home incarceration or time in a juvenile detention center.
The proceedings of crimes with are committed by children, or juveniles, are conducted quite differently than those of adults. The crimes are treated by the juvenile justice system as opposed to the criminal justice system, which has its own procedures designed for different forms of crimes. One crime that a juvenile can be committed for, which is quite common amongst the juvenile justice system, is incorrigibility. This is when a child has repeated offenses of disobedience to all of their superiors, including parents and guardians. Incorrigibility can be seen in many forms and will result in a punishment that could be similar to another juvenile crime. However, it is important to realize that just as adult criminals who are being tried, juvenile criminals also have rights which are protected throughout proceedings.
According to Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice, there are a wide range of programs available for juvenile placement. The purposes of these programs are to prevent any similar future actions, meet the specific needs of the juvenile delinquent, and ensure the safety of the public. These programs include private youth programs, community service, aftercare services, and intensive supervision.
Needing guidance through a juvenile crime proceeding or have questions in regards to a certain crime? Contact Durrett & Kersting Law, PLLC to ensure that your rights are protected and you are treated with quality and fairness. They are located in Louisville, Kentucky and serve the following counties: Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham, Spencer, Shelby, Nelson, Hardin, LaRue, along with the counties of Clark and Floyd in Indiana.
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