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What’s the Difference between Juvenile Courts and Adult Courts?


What’s the Difference between Juvenile Courts and Adult Courts?

Criminal courts can change drastically between a person tried as a juvenile and a person tried as an adult. These two criminal court systems both can carry out serious punishments, but there are noticeable variations between the two. If a person has the option to be tried as a juvenile or adult, it may be in the best interest to be tried as a juvenile because of these differences.

The criminal justice system, whether for adults or juveniles, can leave a person working through substantial criminal sentences. These sentences may include a variety of penalties, most notably including detention and financial fines.

However, the following differences may be particularly notable between these two systems:

  • Adult courts use trials by jury.
  • Juvenile courts use trials by a judge.
  • Adult courts carry the potential of much more serious penalties.
  • Juvenile courts use strict penalties, but won’t include adult prison terms.
  • Adult records can be more difficult to expunge later.
  • Juvenile records may be sealed.

These differences may play a significant role in how a person sets up their legal defense.

This informational blog post was brought to you by Jason A. Volet, an experienced New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer.

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