should minors be charged with adult consequences when it comes to the law
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Minor: A person under the age of full legal responsibility
Crime: An action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law.
Law: An individual rule as part of such a system.
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I Will Be on The Con side of this debate, i should state that minors shouldn't be charged with adult crimes
And My Opponet should say that crimes made by a minor should be settled with the same punishment
Now i will leave the rest to my opponet..
I accept this debate and will argue why some minors should indeed be charged as adults on certain crimes.
Other than that
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Current US laws separate adults from minors at the age of 18, however age does not ultimately define whether one is mature or not since there is a grey area between when one is a child, a teenager, a young adult, or an adult.... What determines whether or not someone is a minor or an adult to the courts is if those people are sane, know the consequences of their actions, have a prior criminal record, etc.
So point is, its hard to tell where someone is a minor or an adult if you rely on age alone, but it is my belief that the crime committed should determine the punishment, not the age of the person committing the crime. Its always been a belief of mine that age shouldnt be any cause for a reduced sentence since most crimes that minors commit are minor crimes in the first place. Vandalism, trespassing, speeding, etc are minor crimes that most minors commit.... Not rape, murder, money laundering, etc. Why give minors less time for committing a small infraction just because they arent adults? Those crimes are simple enough for any minor to understand is wrong and illegal whether they are 18, 16, or even 14......
On the other hand when dealing with serious crimes like murder and rape, even 7 year olds know its wrong to kill other people or do that kind of stuff to other people. Murderers usually get 20 to 30 years for murder, why should any 17 year old get any different? The justice system already treats some minors as adults for serious crimes, really the only place the courts DONT treat minors as adults is in MINOR crimes like vandalism.....
So here are my three points about why minors should be given adult consequences for the same crimes.
1) There isnt a clear distinction between adults and minors age wise
2) Most crimes minors commit are minor crimes that even for adults dont warrent any serious punishment in the first place
3) The Courts ALREADY treat minors as adults for haneous crimes.
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Vote Placed by 1dustpelt 4 years ago
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