When a juvenile faces criminal charges, there is a lot at stake, as his or her future will undoubtedly be affected in numerous ways. Under Minnesota law, felony juvenile crimes committed by those who are 16 years old or older are not sealed and will become public record. A 16-year-old Worthington youth now faces several charges after an arrest for an armed robbery.
The personal and legal consequences of having a theft conviction on one's record can be devastating, as background checks are typically done by credit bureaus, landlords, colleges and employers. The future of a 31-year-old Minnesota man will be adversely affected if he is convicted on the second-degree burglary charge he is facing after his recent arrest. The fact that he is reportedly on probation for a prior robbery conviction, along with his history of other theft-related crimes, will likely count against him.
Few things are more distressing than an accident in which a Minnesota child is injured. Children are cherished within American culture, and the community cries out for justice when a child is harmed. Unfortunately, the incident that led to injury is often an accident, in which the responsible party did nothing wrong. Often, this leads to the need for a criminal law response to charges filed after such an incident.
It seems every week there is a news story somewhere in the U.S. about a child or teen that was suspended or expelled for either brining a banned item to school or threatening an act of violence. Since violence in schools first erupted during the late 1990s and early 2000s, school districts around the country have adopted zero tolerance policies aimed to protect students and rid districts of problematic students.
Last week we talked about how the police are getting creative to hit people with criminal charges. Dubbed "outside the box" charges, they are part of a strategy that allows the police to cater the charges they want to give to people -- and though it may sound illegal, it is all within the guise of the law. Now there's a report aboutt he way juveniles are being charged in a creative way as well, though it benefits no one and will leave many people questioning why such criminal charges exist.
An interesting story has come out about how St. Paul works around certain criminal charges to invoke tougher, more punishing charges on people who steal from retail stores. These so-called "outside the box" charges allow police departments and prosecutors to hit people with extensive penalties that, though they may technically be within the confines of the law, they go above and beyond how a person should be punished.