Essay about The Legal System Of Adult Court

1739 Words Feb 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
In the modern legal system, most jurisdictions view a person as an adult at 18 years of age. Until a person reaches this age, they are less likely to receive the full extent of a jurisdiction’s legal system. At certain parts in a child’s life, age can be used as a valid defense. If a person is under 7 years of age, they will not be charged in most jurisdictions. From the age of 7 to the age of responsibility, which is usually recognized as 16 but varies by jurisdiction, an offender can be tried in the juvenile system (criminal Law Today).
Although it is rare, a process does exist where juveniles can be transferred and tried in adult court. For the year 2008, roughly 9,000 juvenile cases were transferred to adult court. This number is significantly lower than the roughly 13,000 cases which were transferred in 1994(Book). There are several ways to transfer a case to adult court. One method is a prosecutorial waiver or also known as direct file. These waivers were used in Washington, DC. And 15 other states during the year 2009. Although each of these states have prosecutorial waiver, different states have different statutes pertaining to when these waivers can be used. In the state of Florida, a prosecutor can waive a 16-year-old charged with a felony to adult court. This waiver also applies to juveniles who are at least 16 years old and facing a misdemeanor charge if said juvenile has previously been charged with a felony(textbook). Another method of transferring juveniles…

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