Topic Archive: Juvenile Sex Offense Issues

Florida Juvenile Rules Amendments

Since 2006 the release of the National Juvenile Defender Center Assessment’s Florida: An Assessment of Access to Counsel and Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings, advocates in Florida have made the following changes to the Florida Rules Juvenile Rules in order to ameliorate impediments to effective juvenile defense. The changes outlined below can be found in…

In re A.J.

NJDC co-authored a brief with the law firm of Baker & McKenzie arguing to uphold the trial court’s determination that juvenile defendant, A.J., charged with a sex offense, was entitled to a jury trial. Amici argued that due process, the deplorable state of juvenile justice in Louisiana, and the rehabilitative goals of Louisiana’s juvenile justice system…

Juvenile Sex Offense Issues

Issue of juveniles and sex offenses are complicated and can be quite emotional. As sex offense laws get ever tighter, there are new laws emerging that disproportionately affect youth, such as sexting laws and laws prohibiting consensual sex between minors—so-called Romeo and Juliet laws. Additionally, the consequences for children and adolescents convicted of these crimes can be dire,…

E.C. v. Virginia Dep’t of Juvenile Justice

In 2011, NJDC filed an amicus brief and a supporting supplemental brief, joined by Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center, the Disability Law Clinic, the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth, and other interested parties, in support of a challenge to the lower court’s ruling that Virginia courts lose jurisdiction over pending habeas cases as soon as…

In re D.B.

NJDC, together with the Juvenile Law Center, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and joined by other organizations, co-authored an amicus brief in support of the petitioner in August 2010, arguing that Ohio’s statutory rape law, 2907.02(A)(1)(b), was unconstitutional as applied to children under the age of 13 who engaged in sexual conduct with…

In re C.P.

In September 2010, NJDC, joined by several organizations, filed an amicus brief  in the Ohio Supreme Court challenging the application of Ohio Senate Bill 10 (passed to comply with the Adam Walsh Act (AWA)) to juveniles where it requires mandatory tier III classification of juveniles aged 14 to 17 as Public Registry-Qualified Juvenile Offender Registrants…

In re Commitment of J.B.

NJDC with the Civil Rights and Constitutional Litigation Clinic at Seton Hall Law School, the ACLU of New Jersey, and Gibbons P.C., filed an amicus brief at the New Jersey Appellate Division on behalf of J.B, arguing that the due process clause forbids the State of New Jersey from applying the Sexually Violent Predator Act…

G.A.W. v. Illinois

NJDC and Juvenile Law Center submitted an amicus brief in support of G.A.W.’s petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, arguing that juveniles facing severe consequences such as sex offender registration are entitled to a jury trial. In this case, two juveniles were adjudicated delinquent for the same attempted robbery and criminal sexual…

Bunch v. Bobby

NJDC and the Juvenile Law Center filed an amicus brief supporting a petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of Chaz Bunch, who received a sentence of 89 years for a non-homicide offense for which he was charged at age 16. Because Ohio does not provide any opportunity for…