Children and adults are treated differently and have different expectations. There is no denying this reality. When there is a criminal issue, juveniles and adults go through different courts. While there are differences, the principle of due process is a universal American right. It means that everyone has the same right to a fair trial.
While it's a core American value, those differences between kids and adults are worth noting. One big legal issue is Miranda Rights, known for their use on TV police shows and starting with "You have the right to remain silent." While we all know these words, do we know what they mean? Does a child know what they mean?