The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has compiled statistics on juvenile crime rates, understanding some of the common juvenile crimes that initially enter a delinquent into the system, and so much more. Here are some of the common statistics composed over the past few years:
- In many regards, if you are a youth, you are more likely to be caught committing a crime than an adult.
- As far as juvenile crimes are concerned, arrest rates have decreased over the years. However, they are still being committed, with some of the most alarming crimes included in this finding are aggravated assault and murder rates.
- Drug abuse arrest crimes are at the top of the pyramid, increasing steadily since the 90s. They still have yet to drop.
- The most common crimes that juveniles commit to this day include theft, simple assault, drug abuse, disorderly conduct, and curfew violations.
What’s at Stake
The juvenile systems in many states include high turnover rates, with huge amounts of caseloads to care for. This leads to the court unfairly pushing people through the system without a second thought, at times. Many juveniles who are facing criminal charges will be told to accept a plea bargain before they even speak to an attorney, putting them in an uncomfortable position that could lead to adverse results. This can sometimes happen as well when public defenders are appointed to juveniles and do not meet with the juvenile until several days after charges are filed. This is why there is such a need for a juvenile to meet with a private attorney who can help them in all aspects and spend the necessary time with them to investigate their case, gather documentation, and evaluate what works best for them and their future.
Juvenile crimes can interfere with a young person’s ability to do many things in life that somebody would at their age, from applying for scholarships, to obtaining and keeping employment. This is why it’s a good idea to get started on your case as early as possible. Call us today for more information on how we can help you or your loved one.