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  • An individual who is younger than the established legal age of adulthood. In the United States, this age varies from 16 to 18 years, but in most states it is 18. By law, juveniles cannot be charged for an adult crime unless the prosecutor requests a change of venue to a criminal court, and they generally benefit from more leniency in the juvenile justice system on the premise that they have not yet fully developed the level of moral reasoning that is expected from adults. Juveniles can also be convicted for status crimes, which are crimes only because of the age of the delinquent (i.e., truancy, possession of alcohol).

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