Inthe case of , the court decided to try the defendant as anadult. The court determined the status of the case basing itsconclusion from the California state laws. These laws states that ajuvenile are people below the age of 18 years. Further, it quotesthat any person over 14 years can be tried as an adult for anyserious offences committed. These offences may include rape, robberywith firearm and murder (Springer &amp Roberts, 2011). I agree withcourt’s decision to try as an adult following thecircumstances surrounding his case. As stated by the California law, committed his first crime at the age of 14 years and hencequalifies to be in the bracket of being tried as an adult. Secondly,rape is a serious crime that can make a juvenile be tried as an adultin a court of law.


At14 years, pled guilty to raping at the juvenile court. He wassent to rehabilitation. When a minor commits an offence, a probationofficer charges him in a civil petition subjecting him to the court’sjurisdiction for breaking the law (Springer&amp Roberts 2011).In its consideration, the court determined the five essentialcriterions to arrive at its ruling. The criteria observed are such asoffence, previous criminal history, and level of crime, age and theseriousness of the offence. In the case of , A Santa ClaraCounty probation officer analyzed these criteria and found fitfor the Juvenile system. He was finally subjected to restoration.Sending to Juvenile ranch for 56 days was not effective. Thisis because he was not counseled on the effects of the crime that hadsent him there and, as a result, he went back to committing crimes.


Itis important to note that every officer work for the benefit of hisclient. Being the officer handling the case of , majority of myfindings would not contradict those of the Santa Clara Countryofficer. A juvenile case is very sensitive and requires a lawyer withexperience. I would try to win the case in the best for the sake ofmy client. Although a minor will be subjected to severe punishment ifconvicted, he also has rights that are restricted by the juvenilecourt (Springer &amp Roberts 2011). I would also try to prove beyondreasonable doubts why my client should be subjected to a juvenilecourt to consider the option of rehabilitation. My decision would bebased on the way was brought up, and this is why he developedsuch behavior.


Avictim of circumstance is a person who faces consequences due tofactors that are way much beyond his control. One could be a victimwhen growing up, if one encountered situations that without hisconsent that causes harm to him (Springer &amp Roberts 2011). Onecannot be blamed for his actions as they are believed to have beencaused by actions of nature either intentionally or unintentionally.In reference to the case of , being brought up by a singleparent, and running to the streets only to be adopted by ethos makeshim a victim of circumstance. This is because he was brought up withprinciples such as violence is the only better way to get respectedand revenge is the only way to defend yourself. grew up havingno pride for himself.


Springer,D. W., &amp Roberts, A. R. (2011). Juvenilejustice and delinquency.Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.