Juvenile Rights
      Rosalind Rogers
      CRJ 301
      April 25, 2012

Our criminal justice system is to make sure that there is justice for both citizens and offenders and also to ensure the rights to the offenders and the citizens as well. This can be pretty hard to balance with so much controversy between guaranteeing the offenders rights and protecting the people. To have this is to make sure we have a well rounded justice system. The juveniles do have certain rights at the time that they are arrested with some additional rights that is offered to them that is different from the adult’s offenders.
      When a juvenile is arrested he/she is giving the same rights as an adult offender. “These rights include all of the Constitutional rights in the form of a Miranda warning.” (Wallace & Roberson, 2006). The Miranda does apply to everyone that commits a crime. Juvenile do have the right to know why they are being arrested just like adults; they have the rights to an attorney, and the right to be silent, just like an adult. Juvenile do have the right to a phone call right after they had been arrested, “have a right to a reasonable bond amount, and the right to be presented in court as soon as possible.”(Wallace & Roberson, 2006).
      This is very different then the adults when they are being arrested. Adults don’t have the right to a phone call or a reasonable bond amount once they have been arrested. They don’t get that phone call till they are booked and have a cell.   Children do have to be treated a certain way until they reach the age of majority. Then they will be treated like all criminal in our criminal justice system.
      An officer does have to explain to the juvenile right in a language that is intelligible to that juvenile. The officer has to notify the Attorney General of the arrest of the juvenile right alone with his/her parents or guardians. (United States Attorneys’ Manual, 2010). All of this is unique arrests when it comes to a...