Category: Juvenile Crimes

Colton’s Law just might be a new law in Minnesota. Colton’s Law stems from an incident where Colton Gleason, a 20-year-old male was attacked by Jesse Smithers.
A 16-year-old who was drunk while under investigation told law enforcement that he played a role in the fatal shooting of a man in Los Angeles.
In July, a Minneapolis father boarded a city bus with the intention of confronting teenagers who allegedly had been bullying his son. According to My Fox Twin Cities, the man engaged in an argument with the teens. The bus driver told law enforcement that one of the youths, a 16-year-old, pulled out a gun.
Not only are cases involving child protective services (CPS) emotionally challenging, but they are legally rather complex as well. While there are certainly cases in which CPS is necessary in order to protect a child, in some cases, families face false allegations and an unnecessary CPS investigation.
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) is a group that focuses its attention on lowering juvenile crime detention rates. The goal is to reduce reliance on local confinement of juveniles. Studies have found that juvenile detention actually damages youth and gets in the way of their future.
John LaDue, a 17 year old, is a juvenile who is awaiting the results of his certification study to determine whether he will be tried as an adult or as a juvenile for his juvenile crime. He is from Waseca, Minnesota and denied all charges at his first court appearance. He is currently in juvenile court and prosecutors are trying to get him certified as an adult.
A recent informal survey taken at the University of Minnesota indicates that many students at the U may believe that drinking and riding a bicycle could lead to driving while impaired charges in Minnesota. Generally, the Minnesota DWI statutes do not apply to a bicycle, if the bike is powered solely by a human being.