Juvenile Justice System
17-year-old Peter broke into a home, stole approximately $10,000 in jewelry and electronics, and consumed a bottle of wine before he fled the scene in a stolen car. The police stopped Peter after noticing him swerving, speeding, and then slowing down on the interstate highway. During the stop, police saw the “loot” stashed in the back seat of Peter’s car and suspected that he was involved in more than driving while intoxicated. Peter was properly arrested and booked for the driving-while-intoxicated charge.
The police believe Peter’s fingerprints will match those discovered at the burglary scene and are likely to charge him with burglary and larceny as well as grand theft auto. Peter’s parents have been contacted and are debating whether he should retain counsel because they are struggling financially. To complicate matters, Peter fully admitted to the charges before his parents were contacted. Since it’s Peter’s first time in the juvenile justice system, neither he or his parents know what to expect. What is likely to happen? Will Peter have to go to court or trial? If so, what can he expect in the court process?