ABSTRACT

Juveniles share some—but not all—of the same constitutional rights as adults. While a comprehensive analysis of juvenile rights would be a very lengthy endeavor, it is important to examine some of the rights pertaining to juveniles. This chapter begins with an examination of the landmark juvenile Supreme Court cases of the 1960s and 1970s (such as In re Gault) because those cases fundamentally altered the contours of the juvenile justice system. The chapter examines the Fourth Amendment rights of juveniles in terms of search and seizure by the police. The discussion also includes a look at other rights of juveniles that are typically outside the purview of the juvenile court, including the rights of juveniles in school and rights at home.