Any parent will be able to tell you that children and young adults have trouble controlling impulses. This age group often acts without thinking about the consequences. They also do not plan for the long term, are more susceptible to peer pressure, and have a hard time assessing risk.
These characteristics can manifest in different ways. Maybe they make an impulsive buy, drive recklessly, or decide to not study for a test in favor of hanging out with friends. Sometimes, these behaviors lead to juveniles committing crimes.
According to scientists, this lack of impulse control is due to the brain, which is still in development. Scientists pinpoint the lack of activity in the brain’s ventromedial prefrontal cortex as what causes poor impulse control in juveniles. Studies show that abuse, neglect and trauma can exacerbate poor impulse control.
The good news is that as adolescents age, the brain will fully develop and impulse control will improve. Adults find that it is easier to rein in bad behavior. Adolescents who faced criminal charges during their youth are less likely to be repeat offenders.
New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court have recognized this in cases time and again. This is one of the reasons that there are special courts and detention facilities for juveniles.
Importantly, New Jersey believes that adolescents who commit crimes can be rehabilitated. Thus, they will be given extra resources in order to help them return to a life that does not include crime. Juveniles will be given educational opportunities as well as increased emotional support and therapy.
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If you or your child has been accused of a juvenile crime, you should contact an attorney who is knowledgeable about juvenile law. Such an attorney will know what resources are specifically available to juveniles accused of a crime.
A juvenile attorney will also be able to explain and contextualize why the adolescent committed the crime using the latest scientific research of brain development. Juvenile attorney David C. Barry is committed to making sure that adolescents have a future. This could mean that the adolescent be provided a vigorous defense or that the adolescent be given the services that he or she needs.