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.
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.