Legal Rights of Youth


Read and answer the questions below to reinforce the content that you have just learned.

1. What advice would you give to a parent whose son or daughter has been charged with breaking and entering into a house? Give your advice from the moment of arrest, during the trial, and following the trial. Consider the youth’s legal rights and how the parent should ensure that he or she understands them and exercises them.

2. Explain the following sentence in your own words:
"Young persons, particularly those who are inexperienced with the law, often do not understand their rights or are too intimidated by the process to use them."

3. Under the YCJA, a youth can waive (give up) his or her rights. In what, if any, situation would the youth might want to do so? Is this is a good provision?