Minors can get into some trouble with the legal system. There is a court system specifically designated to deal with juvenile crimes. However, according to a report from the Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force, there has been little consistency in the treatment of minors in the justice system.
Teenagers in Tennessee often act in immature ways. This is understandable since they have not yet reached adulthood. Unfortunately, some teens cross the line of the law and commit juvenile crimes. Many of these types of cases remain in juvenile court. However, some, depending on their severity, may be moved to adult court.
Crime can occur across the state of Tennessee in any neighborhood, regardless of its socio-economic status. Residents in some affluent neighborhoods have even assumed they were immune from crime since very little had occurred in their areas in the past. However, one Nashville community has seen a recent increase in felonies, particularly juvenile crimes.
Virtually everyone makes mistakes during their youth. While some transgressions are understandably more serious than others, being accused of committing juvenile crimes should not lead to life-long repercussions. Tennessee parents should treat any type of legal indiscretion seriously, as their children's futures are on the line. Often, the best approach is to contact an experienced juvenile law attorney who best understands the complicated matter at hand.
Teenagers in Tennessee often socialize with older teens aged 18 or over who are already considered to be young adults. In most instances, there are no problems with the associations. However, if those involved participate in any illegal activities, criminal charges could occur. Those 18 and over would be tried as adults, while minor teenagers would face charges for juvenile crimes. A teenager was recently arrested for suspected involvement in an alleged carjacking.
There is significant controversy in the state of Tennessee regarding a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court banned mandatory life-without-parole sentences for people under 18 years of age. The questions have arisen because judges and juries must choose between life in prison or life with the possibility of parole after 51 years in prison for those convicted of certain juvenile crimes. Reform advocates believe that these options are harsh.
Technology can be amazing, and law enforcement more frequently uses technological advances to fight and solve crimes. Citizens in Tennessee may also employ their own technology to protect their homes and belongings from theft and property crimes. Burglar alarms, surveillance equipment and even social media are becoming common tools in fighting crime.
Parents in Tennessee may often hear their children say that they are bored and don't have anything to do. This declaration is frequently met with activity suggestions or lists of chores. Unfortunately, some bored children may choose some activities that could potentially land them in trouble. According to a sheriff's office in an East Tennessee county, juvenile crimes have increased now that school is out for the summer.
Most Tennessee teenagers have made poor decisions at one time or another. Generally, those decisions have minimal repercussions in a juvenile's everyday life. However, when the decisions involve alleged juvenile crimes, the consequences may have a lifelong impact. A recent incident near Nashville has resulted in charges against two teenagers.
Most Tennessee residents have made a poor decision at one time or another. Unfortunately, sometimes those decisions carry consequences that can affect one's life for many years. Recently, four teenagers in Memphis were said to have stolen a car and were in possession of guns. Now those teens face charges for juvenile crimes associated with the alleged incident.