Juvenile justice is the area of criminal law applicable to persons not old enough to be held responsible for criminal acts. Juveniles, or minors, are by law, any individual not yet 18 years of age. Juvenile Law attorneys can help defend against any juvenile law matter.
The Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act, or FJDA, defines juvenile delinquency (any act that is othewise a crime, but is committed by someone under 18 years of age) and sets forth rules by which state laws must comply with regard to juvenile court procedures and punishments.
Non-citizens, illegal and legal immigrants, are also subject to juvenile law. They are entitled to the same due process rights and could potentially face the same punishments as a citizen.
In the last 15 years, the number of juvenile offenders under the age of 15 increased 94%, according to the Department of Justice.
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