Blog Post 17: Tried as an Adult

Every once in a while, we hear a story about a 16 or 17 year old being taken to court and being tried as an adult. More often than not, the crime the 16 or 17 year old is being charged with is a very serious crime, such as first-degree murder. However, not all of the 16 or 17 year olds being tried as adults are cold-blooded killers. A somewhat common example of a 16 or 17 year old being tried as an adult is of the kid who gets drunk with their friends, and then decides to drive with their friends in the same vehicle, eventually crashing and killing his friends. While the 16 or 17 year old is not a cold-blooded killer who set out with the intention of harming people, they still get tried as an adult. If the justice system continues to blur the lines of adulthood for the sake of a conviction, there is not much of a reason to have the age of 18 signify adulthood according to law. If the justice system defines someone below the age of 18 as a minor, and someone 18 or above as an adult, they should stand firm in that legal distinction. Ideally, the alleged perpetrator of a crime should be charged as either a minor or as an adult, depending solely on what age they were when they committed the crime.

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