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    Laws - View Law: Juvenile Justice Reform

    Being a teen isn’t easy. You sometimes find yourself looking for ways to fit in or to impress your friends. You may even find yourself breaking the LAW just to be part of action. Before you do something you may regret, there is something you need to know.

    Lawmakers and voters feel that too many crimes are being committed by juveniles, victimizing too many innocent people. Because of this, the law in Arizona has changed to severely punish violent youthful offenders.

    Kids might think juvenile court is a joke. A slap on the wrist and you’re out the door. They're Wrong! The punishment for juveniles in Arizona just got a lot tougher.

    • Did you know that if you are 15, 16 or 17 years old, you are required to be tried as an ADULT if: you commit a specified violent crime ( murder, armed robbery, forcible sexual assault, or aggravated assault) or you are arrested for your third felony (which is any felony after being adjudicated on two prior felonies.)
    • Did you know that some juvenile records are not confidential?
    • Did you know that your parents must come to court with you?
    • Did you know that your first driving under the influence conviction means 24 hours in detention and losing your driver’s license?
    • Did you know that a conviction for graffiti results in a driver’s license suspension?
    • Did you know that the destruction of juvenile records is not automatic?

    Recent History of Juvenile Justice Reform
    The Juvenile Justice Reform Act (or Senate Bill 1446)- was passed by the Arizona State Legislature to implement Proposition 102, which was passed by the voters in November of 1996.
    This law became effective on July 21, 1997.

    1 thru 5 of 21 comments    [ 1 ]  2   3   4   5    
    On 12/31/08
    Ty from AZ said:
    i think its ridiculous how we can legally drive on roads at the age of 16 but cant even see an R rated movie until were 17
    On 12/29/08
    sarah from AZ said:
    the law requires you to be tried as an adult because you are of age that you should know right from wrong, you are not yet responsoble to tell yourself when to stop drinking and if you think drugs are ok you belong on jail
    On 10/22/08
    Joell from AZ said:
    I think if you commit a crime that there should be more sever punishments. Kids don't care if they get in trouble anymore, the punishments aren't doing anything and kids only go back to their ways. They have to learn not to break the law.
    On 09/24/08
    chuck from AZ said:
    thats funny. tried as an adult but we cant into a freakin rated-R movie til we're 17. and even then we cant smoke drink, or do anything...
    On 08/22/08
    Erin from AZ said:
    I think its funny how we can be tried as an adult but we are not allowed to go to the most innocent places, just because our parents say we cant...
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