Kids are not adults. End of story.
That is a bottom-line observation from our immediately preceding blog post at the established Bay Area criminal defense Law Office of John W. Noonan. And it is coupled with our view — adamantly supported by researchers, psychologists and thoughtful law enforcers spanning the country — that “young people who are not yet adults shouldn’t typically be treated as if they are.”
Indeed, we stress in our January 2 post entry that juveniles often display “predictable lapses in judgment and failed appreciation for downside consequences.”