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What are the most common juvenile crimes committed?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2022 | Criminal Law

Young people get arrested for all manner of crimes and infractions, and there are a lot of different reasons why this happens. For instance, many parents are often shocked to find out that their child has been arrested and it turns out that the child was being pressured by their peers. They gave in to this peer pressure and did something that they never would have done otherwise.

As a parent, it’s important to understand that your child could face arrest and that it could have a drastic impact on that child’s future. You need to know what types of crimes are committed the most often and what legal defense options you have if this should occur. Below are some of the most common crimes reported by the police.

Theft

Theft is often minor and may include something like shoplifting. This can happen because young people may lack the financial means to buy items that they want and, being unemployed, they don’t see any other way to acquire these items. But it may also simply occur because they were dared to do it or they are trying to prove something to their friends, and they don’t even really care about the items that they’re stealing.

Drug and alcohol violations

Drug and alcohol use is very common for teens, and they will often engage in it to be part of a group environment or social gathering. This could mean that a teenager who would never drink on their own, or who has never expressed any interest in using illegal drugs, may decide to do so at a party with friends. Underage drinking is one of the most common illegal activities in the United States.

Vandalism

Teams are often cited for vandalism after creating graffiti, breaking windows, or generally just damaging property owned by others. This could be a commercial property, such as a local store, or a nearby residence. This crime often happens simply because young people are bored and they’re looking for some sort of outlet. It may also be a way to prove themselves to their friends or to be part of some sort of group activity.

What are your options?

If your teen has been arrested and you are worried about what this is going to mean for their future and the path their life takes, be very sure that you consider all of your legal options carefully.

 

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