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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. 

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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. 

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San Jose criminal defense attorney, San Jose criminal defense, juvenile criminal offensesIn California, a minor—someone who is less than 18 years old—can be tried as an adult under certain circumstances. When this happens, the juvenile case is transferred from juvenile court to adult court, either automatically or upon a judge’s finding that the minor is not “fit” for the juvenile court system.

Crimes for Which Minors Must be Tried as Adults in California

According to California’s Welfare and Institutions Code section 602(b), any person who is alleged to have committed certain crimes when he or she was 14 years old or older must be tried as an adult under the general law in a court of criminal jurisdiction. These include murder, under some circumstances, rape, sodomy, and others.

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San Jose criminal defense attorney, San Jose criminal defense, juvenile criminal offensesIn California, a minor—someone who is less than 18 years old—can be tried as an adult under certain circumstances. When this happens, the juvenile case is transferred from juvenile court to adult court, either automatically or upon a judge’s finding that the minor is not “fit” for the juvenile court system.

Crimes for Which Minors Must be Tried as Adults in California

According to California’s Welfare and Institutions Code section 602(b), any person who is alleged to have committed certain crimes when he or she was 14 years old or older must be tried as an adult under the general law in a court of criminal jurisdiction. These include murder, under some circumstances, rape, sodomy, and others.

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