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Understanding juvenile charges is essential

Young people can make mistakes that can have a significant impact on them far into the future. Criminal charges can impact a young person's education and professional opportunities and also have an impact on their personal lives. It is important when a young person has been charged with a crime that they and their parents understand the legal options available to them and that, generally, the goal is the rehabilitation of the young person.

College student crimes can have a particularly serious impact on a young person's life which is why it is important to understand the rehabilitative aspects of the juvenile justice system, as well as criminal defense rights when the charges the accused individual is facing may be while they are in college but not part of the juvenile justice system. In general, criminal charges can result in a criminal record, loss of free, fines and other penalties.

Crimes that young people and college students may find themselves facing can include using or dealing drugs; underage drinking and impaired driving; assault; harassment; sexual offenses; theft, burglary or vandalism charges; and other major felony charges that may be charged in adult court based on the accused young person's age and the circumstances. Though the criminal justice system can be harsh, it also affords important protections for accused individuals.

It is essential that accused individuals are familiar with their criminal defense rights and how to protect themselves and their future when facing criminal charges. Various criminal defense strategies may be available based on the circumstances, including challenges to the charges, alleged facts or negotiations with the prosecutor, which is why it is important to understand the criminal justice system and resources available to accused individuals.

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