Juvenile Law Series: ACE Tests

Hi, everyone. Ashley Saenz here with another juvenile series video here at Whalen Law Office. Today, I’m going to be talking about an ACE test and why I think it is so important in the juvenile justice system.

An ACE test stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. Basically what the test does is it’s a series of 10 questions, and it just tries to help us figure out what has this individual experienced that could be a potentially traumatic event in their life. I think the way that that helps us in the juvenile justice system, or it could help us, is just by being able to see what have these kiddos been through and how might their actions that ended them up in the juvenile justice system be related to some of these experiences that they have gone through at such a young age that some people never go through.

I think the test could be an invaluable tool to just giving us a little bit of insight into what’s going on in a child’s life, what they might have in their life that they might not have dealt with in the healthiest way possible, and how we can turn that and educate them on ways to deal with the conflict that they’ve experienced. As you can see, I think that’d be very helpful in the juvenile justice system, especially when it comes to recidivism and how to keep these kids from coming back; and more importantly, how to keep them out of the adult criminal justice system in the future.

If you have any experiences or any questions about the ACE test, please feel free to reach out to me. You can find an ACE test that I made a copy of and put on our website, and I will link it here to this video. I look forward to talking to you guys again soon.

Author Bio

James P. Whalen

James P. Whalen is the managing attorney and founder of Whalen Law Office, a Texas criminal defense firm offering personalized legal representation for various federal criminal charges. With a commitment to providing comfort and guidance during challenging times, Mr. Whalen serves as both an attorney and counselor to his clients, helping them navigate their cases while striving to restore normalcy to their lives.

In an inherently unbalanced criminal justice system, Mr. Whalen takes on cases with unwavering dedication. With decades of legal experience, he offers representation across various criminal charges, including white-collar crimes, violent crimes, drug charges, and more. Mr. Whalen’s numerous accolades, including Super Lawyer recognition and board certification in Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Law, reflect his unwavering commitment to ethical and high-quality legal representation.

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