How minors are sentenced for juvenile offenses

Shepard Kopp, Esq. Criminal Defense Attorney, explains what typically determines the scale of punishment after a minor is convicted of a juvenile offense
How Minors Are Sentenced For Juvenile Offenses
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How minors are sentenced for juvenile offenses

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So when minors are charged with crimes and they get convicted, there is a wide range of facilities that they can be ordered to. Now most juvenile justice systems are trying to keep the minors at home if that is the best place for them. So even if they are convicted and they are put on probation, the primary goal is to keep them home while they are on probation. If, however, the home environment is not suitable and it is not beneficial for them, a judge can put them in a group home and that is typically called placement of the child. And as the scale of the offenses gets more and more serious, that is when the facilities become more punitive. So for more serious crimes, minors can be placed in camps, probation camps, where they can do anywhere from four months to 12 months in custody living in dormitories with 40 or 60 other juvenile offenders. And for the most serious offenders, they can be sent to places like the Youth Authority, which is essentially prison for juveniles.

Shepard Kopp, Esq. Criminal Defense Attorney, explains what typically determines the scale of punishment after a minor is convicted of a juvenile offense

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Shepard Kopp represents individuals and businesses in state and federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. In 16 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Kopp has tried over 110 cases to juries in state and federal courts, and has won more than 90% of those trials. Educated at Dartmouth College and the University of California's Hastings College of Law, Mr. Kopp has spent his entire professional career as a criminal defense attorney. He is passionate about vindicating the rights of the accused. This passion, dedication, and talent led to Mr. Kopp's recognition by "Super Lawyers" as a Rising Star in 2004, and as a "Super Lawyer" in 2006.

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