Adult Charges Essay

838 WordsMar 27, 20154 Pages
There are certain crimes for which, no matter the age the criminal should be punished by having to face serious charges. In today’s society many young children and teens under the age of 18 pursue the life of committing crimes. When young offenders commit a certain crime, which in most cases it is murder or rape they face the regular justice system where they will be tried as an adult. Being tried as an adult lets the juveniles face state penitentiaries and sentences up to life without any parole. Criminals need to be punished to the extent if it’s a serious crime. I see serious crimes as murder, rape or abuse of any kind. Many people claim that the child did not know any better, or that they were brought up with the conception that this behavior is acceptable. Some even believe that it is a behavior that they inherit which they tend to call it the “Choice Theory”. In my eyes the criminal knows what they were doing and decided to go through with it. Everybody should know right from wrong when you are a teen. Whether it is a sickness that they suffer from or just a bad choice they made, they should still be punished to the extent. In some juvenile cases filed in juvenile court, the judge may decide that the issues at the time would be best answered in an adult court. The case may then be transferred from the juvenile system into an adult court. The defendant may be tried as a juvenile or an adult. Some states do place age restrictions on waivers into adult court. Many states allow “reverse waivers,” in which an adult criminal court judge may transfer a juvenile if the issues would be better addressed by the juvenile court system. A right is a right, a wrong is a wrong, and a crime is a crime. Therefore they should be punished to the extent in my eyes for the crime they committed. Back in January of this year, a 14 year old murdered her 11 year old sister.

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