United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether Locking Up Children for Life is Constitutional

By: Wallin & Klarich

The United States Supreme Court is set to hear a wide variety of cases as it begins its new term. Among these cases, the Supreme Court will decide whether a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole imposed on juvenile offenders constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides protection against cruel and unusual punishment.

In a previous 2005 decision, the Supreme Court held that the death penalty cannot be imposed for crimes committed by juveniles. The court’s holding in that decision was 5-4. It is unclear whether that decision means that the court will reach the same result for life imprisonment in juvenile cases. With the significant changes in the personnel of the Supreme Court, the outcome of this issue is unclear.

If you or a loved one are being investigated for a juvenile crime or charged with a juvenile crime, it is imperative that you hire an attorney. Hiring an experienced juvenile criminal defense law firm can greatly increase your chances of keeping your freedom. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people keep their freedom for over 30 years.

Please feel free to contact Wallin & Klarich to discuss your case. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-280-6839 or go to our website at wklaw.com for more information.

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