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If you are in need of a well-qualified juvenile lawyer, call Attorney Search Network today.

Juvenile law is a subcategory of criminal law. Those that are too young to be held responsible for criminal offenses are subject to juvenile law. Most states hold people responsible for criminal acts starting at the age of 18. In most states, a juvenile code is effective and state law generally governs the juvenile justice system, which focuses on rehabilitating juveniles instead of punishing them. However, for severe crimes that juvenile courts decide need to be more seriously punished, juveniles can be tried in adult court.

Courts have historically given state police officials the power to tackle the delinquency of minors and to protect the wellbeing of juveniles by creating juvenile courts. The policy of “parens patriae,” or “parent of the nation,” gives public policy power to the state to provide protection, care, or custody of any minor who is not receiving those protections from a parent or guardian.

While the juvenile justice system is largely governed by state law, federal law works to fund and set standards for the states. In 1972, Congress revised the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Control Act of 1968, calling the changed act the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Act. The legislation was enacted in order to provide assistance to states and regions in promoting preventative programs for youths at risk of delinquent behavior. The act also provides services for local communities to help train those working with minors on how to prevent bad or delinquent behavior.

The Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act sets the standards that states must follow when handling juvenile crimes and when deciding how to punish them.

Although the goal of the United States’ juvenile justice system is rehabilitation over punishment, minors who commit crimes are still punishable for their actions, and punishment varies by the severity of each crime. Juveniles may find themselves facing fines, community service requirements, detention, jail time, juvenile probation, and may need to attend treatment programs.

Although minors are tried in juvenile courts, they still need to be well-represented in court. A juvenile criminal defense lawyer can help a troubled juvenile receive fewer punishments for his or her actions and get back on the right track and off of the criminal path. Contact Attorney Search Network to find a top criminal defense lawyer who specializes in defending juveniles who have committed criminal acts.

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