Wisconsin residents have likely heard about the Slender Man criminal case that has been constantly talked about across various media outlets over the last several months. The case is regarding a victim who survived 19 stab wounds. Supposedly, two teenage girls stabbed the female victim. These two girls, both 13 years of age, are facing various charges, which the defense believes should be moved to juvenile crimes court.
It is alleged that a teenage girl in Wisconsin was drugged and then raped by a group of boys a couple of weeks ago. Authorities say that the girl ran away from her home and was at a local skate park. She was invited home by a few boys, two of whom are now facing charges related to juvenile crimes.
It is likely that most Wisconsin residents heard about the tragic car accident that took the lives of two 12-year-old girls and left others seriously injured. Apparently, the driver and nine other individuals were crammed into a sport utility vehicle and were on their way to go swimming. The driver, now 17 years of age, has recently received her punishment from both a juvenile crimes court and an adult crimes court for her involvement in the accident.
A 2015 study called "Juvenile Incarceration, Human Capital and Future Crime: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Judges" revealed just how negatively incarceration affects the lives of America's youth.
In our last post, we discussed how the state of Wisconsin treats juvenile crimes differently from adult crimes, yet still very seriously. In this post, we will discuss how state and federal laws on juvenile incarceration could change during the current legislative session.
This week we are going to be discussing juvenile crimes in the state of Wisconsin. Today, we will start with an overview of juvenile law in the state, including what happens to juveniles who are charged with crimes in Wisconsin.
In the state of Wisconsin, juvenile offenders who meet certain criteria may be eligible to have their criminal case sealed, or expunged from their record. This means that the courts seal all electronic and paper documentation pertaining to your criminal case. Once your case is sealed, you are no longer required to report it on employment, university or housing applications.
A juvenile who is facing charges involving drugs may find dealing with the situation quite overwhelming. Not only can a drug crime conviction make it hard for a teenager to obtain school funding, but it may lead to fines, community service and even jail time. If a car or home is implicated in a felony drug crime of distribution or manufacture, the court may choose to seize that property as well. Under Wisconsin law, parents of convicted drug offenders may be responsible for paying a maximum amount of $10,000 for any damages that were caused by the child. Here at Craig Kuhary, Attorney at Law, we see the impact that a drug charge can have on a juvenile and his or her family.
Although teenagers are on their way to becoming responsible young adults, many of them are still in the process of learning that there can be severe consequences to some seemingly harmless acts. Experts agree that the developing teenage brain may make it hard for some adolescents to control impulsive behavior. Some believe that environmental stimuli, such as peer pressure and presence of parental guidance, also play a role in a Wisconsin teenager's choice to commit juvenile crimes.
The teenage brain is often considered a mystery. Multiple studies prove that while the brain is continually developing throughout adolescence and into young adulthood, some areas of the brain are quicker to develop than others. Teenagers who fall victim to abuse while growing up have extended complications involving neurological development. Babies and children who are loved and nurtured tend to develop strong emotional and empathetic neurological pathways, while abused children develop a lack of empathy to help them cope with their negative surroundings. Wisconsin psychologists acknowledge that the extent of this brain damage varies depending on the type of abuse inflicted and the duration of the abuse. Abused individuals have an increased risk of committing juvenile crimes.