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Community Grapples With the Issue of Juvenile Crime in San Jose

Posted on in Criminal Defense

San Jose juvenile criminal defense lawyerWith school out of session, young people find themselves with additional time on their hands during the summer months. While some are busy traveling, pursuing hobbies, or working seasonal jobs, it is all too easy for others to fall into bad habits that could put them on the wrong side of the law. Unfortunately, criminal charges at this young age can have serious ramifications, both now and in the years to come. To address the rapid increase in the number of juvenile crimes in San Jose, government officials are debating whether or not officers should be more focused on intervention efforts. 

San Jose Divided on How to Handle Juvenile Crime

San Jose’s police chief has said that having officers identify high-risk teenagers so they can be offered intervention services may help to put a stop to the rising number of crimes committed by minors in our area. Some people within the community feel that early interventions are important, but some question the role law enforcement should play in the process. Rather than having police focus on both law enforcement and interventions, they would rather local government officials allocate funds to community social service groups already in existence. 

Issues such as poverty and homelessness are being blamed for a surge in juvenile crimes throughout the Bay area. When teens do get in trouble, the costs for detaining them in juvenile halls has increased dramatically over the past decade, from less than $250,000 in 2011 to more than double that amount in 2017. Community advocates maintain that this money would be better spent on intervention efforts, which can provide mentoring services, free lunches, and summer job assistance. As the city works to put together a new budget, they are hoping to see more money directed to these providers. 

Juvenile Crime Spikes Over Summer Months

With young people off school for the summer, having too much time on their hands can be a bad thing. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the summer months bring an increase of violent crimes committed by juveniles, which include assault and battery, sexual assault, and rape. There is also a spike in gang activity, drug and alcohol-related offenses, and property crimes. 

Criminal charges for juvenile crimes are a serious matter. In addition to the fines and other penalties they face, which could include removal from the home and placement in a juvenile facility, a conviction will remain on their criminal record. This could prevent them from obtaining jobs, housing, and education. Depending on their age at the time of the crime and the type of crime committed, the charges can remain visible in background checks even once they become adults. 

Contact Our San Jose Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorneys Today for Help

At the Jachimowicz Law Group, we work hard to keep youthful mistakes and errors in judgment from impacting young people’s adult lives. To find out how we can help in your situation, contact our skilled San Jose criminal defense attorneys at 408-246-5500 to request a free consultation today. 

Sources:

https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/04/26/bitter-divide-over-how-to-approach-rise-in-juvenile-crime/

https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/spcvt.pdf

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