The Role Of Plea Bargaining In Juvenile Courts

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Plea bargaining exist for juvenile and adult offenders. A trial in juvenile court is different from trial in an adult court. A plea bargain is an agreement between the prosecution and the defense by which the defendant agrees to plead guilty for certain considerations, such as a lenient sentence. They both have this process in courts. In juvenile court a plea bargain hinges on a juvenile's compliance with certain conditions. For example, as part of a plea deal, a juvenile may need to attend counseling, obey curfews, or even attend rehabilitation program. In the adult court a plea bargain hinges on the involved defendant pleading guilty to a lesser charge, or to only one of several charges that they have. Sentencing Hearing exist for juvenile and adult offenders. A sentence hearing is when the judge gives the offender there sentence that they have to…show more content…
An appeal is a request to a higher (appellate) court for that court to review and change the decision of a lower court. The defendant may challenge the conviction itself or may appeal the trial court's sentencing decision without actually challenging the underlying conviction (Nolo, 2014). An appeal is not are retrial. In juvenile court juveniles must wait until their case has concluded in adult court before they can appeal the fact they were transferred there in the first place. In adult cases they can have a retrial with a different jury to see if they get a better sentence. Diversion Programs exist for juvenile and adult offenders. Diversion programs are counseling, rehabilitation and behavioral treatment. In juveniles and adults they are given for first time offenders so they don’t have to serve time. Diversion programs for juveniles can be the big brother and sister club, group counseling, helping to further their education (GED, or high school diploma). The adult’s diversion program are drug and alcohol classes, anger management, or even job readiness

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