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Posts tagged "teenager"

What should I know about Texas juvenile justice?

The juvenile justice system in Texas tries to help juveniles who have started to follow the wrong path. A parent who has a child in this system usually has a lot of questions and concerns because the juvenile justice system is a lot different from the adult criminal justice system.

The clown sightings: Sick joke or serious offense?

The 2016 clown panic started in mid-August when residents of Greenville, South Carolina, called police reporting that there were clowns lurking around in the woods outside of town. Since then, more than 100 clown sightings have been reported.

The conversation that could save your college student's future

If your son or daughter is going off to college this fall, you are probably filled with many different emotions. You are likely astonished at how fast the years have flown by, excited for your son or daughter's future, and a little sad that there will be one less person at the dining table (until the holidays, at least).

7 high school students detained for drug charges

A seventh student was arrested Feb. 25 in connection with distributing a synthetic form of LSD at a Texas high school. Two students at Montgomery High were hospitalized, and a third one died after using the drug. All but two of the arrested students are juveniles. The other two are 17-year-old girls, and they are facing charges of tampering with evidence.

Juveniles give false confessions more often than adults

In Texas and other states across the country, police officers use the same techniques for interrogation on both juveniles and adults. However, a new study has revealed that teenagers and children are more likely to give false confessions than adults. Research shows that the younger a juvenile is, the more likely they are, while under pressure, to confess to something they did not do. Among 12- to 15-year-olds accused of a juvenile crime, 69 percent gave false confessions to rapes and homicides. Juveniles are generally more vulnerable to intimidation and the power of suggestion than adults. In addition, they are prone to choosing a short-term gain, such as ending an interrogation, over a long-term consequence, such as facing a jail sentence for a false confession. For this reason, it makes sense for police officers to use different interrogation techniques with children and teenagers than with adults. One psychology graduate student surveyed 178 law enforcement officers regarding the training they receive and their interrogation techniques. He discovered that almost all of the surveyed officers reported using the same interrogation techniques for adults and minors. Furthermore, he found that only around 20 percent of officers receive any instruction regarding adolescent development.American Psychologist published an article in 2006 that cited a review of exonerations that took place between 1989 and 2004. The review discovered that the rate of adult exonerations involving false confessions was 13 percent, compared to 42 percent among juvenile exonerations.One way for a defendant to avoid giving a false confession is to invoke his or her right to legal representation. A criminal defense lawyer may monitor an interrogation and instruct the defendant regarding which questions to answer and how to best answer them.

Are zero-tolerance laws fair?

While many teenagers residing in Houston, Texas, may look like full-grown adults, their parents are probably the first to say that their children do not always operate at the maturity level one would like. Sometimes this leads to juveniles taking part in activities that leave them facing school discipline.

'Affluenza' defense results in 10 years probation for teen

Upon becoming a parent, most individuals suddenly find that they would do anything to protect their child. While that sentiment changes a bit as the child grows older, in a majority of cases parents continue to look out for their child until they reach adulthood. As parents of teenagers are probably aware, for a variety of reasons, the teen years can be some of the most trying.

For best result in juvenile case most seek legal assistance

On the day parents welcome a child into the world a door opens to reveal a new set of worries that few are really ready to face. While most parents come to accept that there will be many anxieties and issues concerning their child that they will have to address as they grow, few likely consider that dealing with the Texas juvenile system will be one of those things. Whether one thinks about it or not however, parents throughout the Houston area as well as the entire state of Texas, have become acquainted with that system.

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