What is the difference between an adult crime and a juvenile crimes?

There is no difference in adult and juvenile crimes. The crime itself is the same whether it was committed by an adult or a juvenile. The only difference is in the procedure and how the case is handled by the court.

If the crime is committed by an adult, the adult is taken to jail. There are no confidentiality rules and no one is required to be notified. An adult is usually entitled to a trial by jury and an adult can represent themselves in na court of law should they choose to do so.

If the crime is committed by the juvenile the child is taken to a detention facility. The charge is kept confidential. The parent (or guardian) must be notified. There is non right to a jury trial in the juvenile system. The child also has the additional right of having a parent present during any questioning by the police.

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