Too Many Youth Are Being Charged as Adults

With the annual number of minors being charged as adults at 76,000, it is clear that change is needed.

Over the past 12 years, the number of youths being charged as adults has dropped 70%. While this change has been incredible, there is still room for improvement. Most of these children and teens are being charged for non-violent crimes or as an accessory/accomplice. The problem really starts with the prosecutors, not the judges, with over 98% of all juveniles in the adult prison system being sent at the prosecutor’s discretion. This is a problem that also disproportionately affects black and native American youth, when compared to white youth. There needs to be legal changes made to the system, with more power in the hands of the juvenile judges. It is important for the family of a charged juvenile to have the best criminal defense lawyer who understands the law completely. Rideout Law Group has the experience and the knowledge to handle your juvenile law case with care and success. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, call us toll-free at 833-854-8181, or visit one of our offices out of Lake Havasu City, Bullhead City, or Tempe, AZ.

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