Young people make mistakes, there is no denying that. Teenagers in particular have the proclivity for getting in trouble. They take risks, make some unwise decisions, break the rules and test boundaries because they often don't know better and fail to fully appreciate the consequences of such actions.
While parents may be upset with their kids when they make mistakes, especially when these bad decisions break the law, it can still be important to protect them.
Theft and property crime can be especially tempting to young people. Some kids shoplift or steal money so they can get something they want, and this desire can seem much more important than the potential consequences they face if they get caught.
They might damage someone's property because they think it's funny or trespass because they feel like the rules don't apply to them. In any of these situations, a young person can often be motivated by emotions or impulses that adults have better control of.
Still, there can be harsh consequences if a young person is convicted of a criminal offense. Even if these situations seem minor or victimless, the fact is that breaking the law will mean penalties. This can include restitution, fines, community service, detention or even more aggressive penalties if the offense involved violence or serious offenses.
If you are the parent of a child who is in trouble for breaking the law, it can be crucial that you discuss your case with an attorney. You may be quite mad and disappointed, but a conviction has the potential to seriously upset your child's life. The attorneys at our law firm work specifically with people accused of property crimes and theft, and we can help you understand your options. For more information, please visit our firm's website.