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Posts tagged "children"

Search Warrants for your home.

So the police show up at your door and want to search your home.  First never consent to anything the police want you to do.  Tell them to come back when they have a Search Warrant.  Should they have that Search Warrant, you have to allow them access to your entire home.  Including bed rooms, safes and drawers.  That piece of paper allows them to rummage through your entire home.  This even allows them to break into desk, safes and locked rooms.

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.

Study reveals high rate of juvenile arrest before the age of 23

There are many things that parents worry about concerning their children as they grow up. Making sure they get enough to eat and sleep are some of the basics. According to a recent study published in the journal of Crime & Delinquency, there is something else parents need to worry about--their child being arrested before turning 23. This is particularly true if those children are boys.

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