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Why lifer juveniles are being resentenced

Minnesotans may have heard that people whose crimes were committed when they were minors and who were subsequently tried as adults and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole are receiving resentencing hearings. Some of these juvenile lifers are being given sentences carrying the possibility of parole. The reasons for these resentencing hearings is a change in the understanding of the brain development of young people along with a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

What happens if a child pleads guilty to a crime in Minnesota?

In Minnesota, most children who are charged with crimes go through juvenile court rather than adult criminal court. Before a juvenile court judge will accept a guilty plea from minor defendants, the judge will first advise them and make certain that they understands their rights and what could happen if the court accepts the plea.

Has your child been accused of a crime?

When a child is charged with a crime, a different set of rules will apply to the legal proceedings. In our state, those rules are called the Minnesota Rules of Juvenile Procedure. In some respects, the law and punishments associated with conviction are a little bit more lenient on the younger population. However, they can also be stricter -- like when it comes to underage drinking and underage DUI, for example.

Underage drinking trend won't change legal severity

With the holidays in full force, many adults will enjoy (or endure) the company of their family and friends while sipping on their favorite seasonal alcoholic drinks. Kids watch their parents and how they enjoy the holidays. Drinking habits can increase a child or teen's temptation to try alcohol. 

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