19 November, 2017
Since the criminal in this situation happens to be a minor then the court doesn’t have the authority to prosecute her as an adult, which means more than likely, Susan will have a less severe sentence then her partner who was nineteen years old and tried as an adult. Due to how severe the case is, majority of judges when the situation is severe and the criminal is a juvenile that is the age where law overrides juveniles then the judges will usually convict them as adults. Since Susan wasn’t the legal age and wasn’t the primary offender in the case then she had some advantages to not having a heavily severe sentence from the judge.
From the crime that was committed, since Susan was involved in the transportation of drugs and only sixteen at the time, she was processed in front of a juvenile court and only sentenced to educational classes and no juvenile center time. This sentence is common amongst delinquents because the goal of these juvenile court judges, is to try and change these young kids life’s before they’re at the level where you cannot rehabilitate their mindset for a better path. Since these judges are looking for the best way to help these minors rather then in adult courts where judges are trying to justify the case and apply the best punishment, the juvenile court judges often send the delinquents to programs or classes to help them from committing any crime again. The juvenile court is not as severe as adult court unless murder is involved for instance, then judges will usually pursue time in juvenile hall, making Susan’s sentence much more lenient than her boyfriends.
Through the information given upon her boyfriend’s family financial rankings, I believe that Susan would have had roughly the same sentence as her boyfriend, if she also nineteen years old. This is a possibility with the understanding that her family also doesn’t have enough funds to support Susan with a lawyer to defend her within her case, so she would be given a defense attorney from the state. These defense attorneys’ usually help the criminals through allowing them to plead guilty to help them receive a lower sentence then what they would receive if they didn’t have an attorney. Then there is another possibility that if Susan’s family did have high rating of financials stability, that she would to have a lenient sentence from the judge because she would have a highly qualified lawyer to back her up and help defend her position and reduce her sentence the most she can. Then if she was also to get caught in another crime as a minor, like the judge stated, she would be...