Being incarcerated has major impacts on a person’s life. It can have especially big implications for a juvenile. So, among the big concerns a parent can have when their teen has been accused of a crime is whether their teen could face imprisonment.
Juvenile crime allegations vary greatly in what sorts of consequences they could have for a juvenile, including whether incarceration would likely be on the table for the juvenile if they are convicted. Experienced juvenile defense lawyers can advise parents of children accused of juvenile offenses on what consequences the accusations could expose their child to. Such lawyers can also help with developing defense approaches aimed at protecting a child’s long-term interests in the face of such potential consequences.
Some recent legislative proposals in the state could impact what certain juvenile defendants here in Wisconsin could face when it comes to incarceration.
Recently, a set of eight crime bills has come before Wisconsin’s legislature. The bills are aimed at crime reduction. Some of the bills touch on juvenile incarceration.
One of them would make some additions to the list of crimes that can lead to a juvenile being incarcerated. Another of the bills would make it so juveniles convicted of certain serious crimes could face longer amounts of incarceration.
Given the impacts of incarceration on juveniles, these bills could have major ramifications for teens accused of criminal offenses here in Wisconsin. What do you think the state legislature should do with these proposals? What do you think they will do?
Source: Wisconsin Public Radio, “Wisconsin Lawmakers Testify On Bills Aimed At Reducing Crime,” Shamene Mills, March 29, 2017