Here in Georgia, anyone age 17 or older who faces criminal accusations is charged and tried as an adult. In fact, depending on the allegations, a child as young as 14 can be charged as an adult. Juveniles frequently face very serious consequences for criminal convictions, one of the longer-lasting penalties being a criminal record.
A criminal record can affect a young person for the rest of his or her life, preventing him or her from being admitted to college or obtaining financial aid or being offered employment. Unfortunately, this means that some people are forced to pay for the mistakes of their youth for the rest of their lives. And although a recent study suggests that colleges might be wasting their time screening the backgrounds of potential students, they are not likely to stop this practice anytime soon.