How can 16 or younger olds be charge...

How can 16 or younger olds be charged with Murder?

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Brooklyn, NY

#1 Jun 1, 2013
I do not understand, can someone please explain it to me. How can a 16 year old or younger person be charged as an adult. With Murder or any other crime for that matter. Children do not know what they are doing. They are not responsible fore their actions until they are 17. How can lets say in a murder case for example a 16 year old child be charges as an adult? They do not know what their actions cause and are not mature enough to know the outcome of their choices. If a 16 year old has Sex Consentually with a 19 year old we call it RAPE, because they are not mature enough make that choice, yet if a 16 year old shoots someone , they absolutely know what they were doing and we call it Murder. Am I the only one that sees the flaw in this? They are not mature enough to have sex and cannot make that choice, but if they kill someone we say they knew exactly what they were doing fry em!!! We are also the ONLY justice system in the world that can sentence a underage teen or preeteen to jail for life!! We are just f-ed up!!
Common Sense

Utica, NY

#2 Jun 1, 2013
Do you really think that a 16 yr.-old doesn't
know that it's wrong to kill someone???

“I Make you wonder”

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#3 Jun 1, 2013
You raised a good point. Let's say I had sex with a 16 year old female. Her Mom finds out and they get into a fight. The 16 year old kills the Mom. Here's how it would go down. I'd be convicted of having sex with an underage girl. Class D felony most likely? Prob get a couple years in prison at most then be a registered sex offender for life. The girl would be tried as an adult and get 15-life. Makes no sense really. Fact is, she's not an adult and shouldn't be tried as such. And I should be the one getting 15-life.

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#4 Jun 1, 2013
Class E Felony, Fyi, First offence No jail time!
Utica Tools

New York, NY

#5 Jun 4, 2013
Why? A District Attorney would get a Grand Jury to indict a ham sandwich if they could, that's why.
utica homeowner

Utica, NY

#6 Jun 5, 2013
if you are old enough to take on responsibility of driving a car then you are old enough to face adult charges.

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#7 Jun 5, 2013
Well then why are you NOT old enough to consent to SEX???? The law says your to immature and don't understand what you are doing, yet they charge you as an adult?? It's a double edges sword? Why is she mature enough to drive a car, and mature and mentally able to understand her actions if she commits a crime, yet if dhe consents to have sex with a 19 year old is i "RAPED" becajuse he was not capable of understanding her actions?? Doesnt make sence!!

Carthage, NY

#8 Jun 5, 2013
The day before her seventeenth birthday she's a victim. The next day she's a slut. Go figure !!!
Utica Tools

New York, NY

#9 Jun 5, 2013
Really wrote:
The day before her seventeenth birthday she's a victim. The next day she's a slut. Go figure !!!
Age-of-consent laws make this so. For example: girls and boys in Sweden can legally do it at age 14.

A soldier can fight in the US Army overseas at age 18, but he can't legally buy a beer in a bar until he's age 21. Sounds pretty lame to me.

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