A parent’s top priorities are the safety and happiness of their child. When the kid is young, you have a more substantial influence. As they get older, they start to gain more of their independence.
At the end of the day, you’re not going to be able to keep an eye on them 24/7, and they may end up spending time with the wrong crowd. Recognizing the potential signs and factors that may encourage juvenile delinquency could help protect your child.
Trouble at home
There may be conflict at home, either between a parent or parents and the teen or between the parents. If the parental conflict leads to divorce, it can negatively impact the family even if the parents did everything in their power to do this amicably, and both want to be involved in their child’s life.
Children can find divorce especially difficult to accept, and they could end up blaming themselves. Most humans, particularly teens, search for a sense of belonging. If they feel that they have lost this at home, they may look to friends or others who are even more troubled than themselves. It can lead to acting out and breaking the law.
Even when the home is safe and stable, they are still susceptible to peer pressure. At some point, they may face a choice of engaging in petty criminal activity or being ostracized. Peer pressure often has a strong hold on teenagers; unfortunately, it only takes one bad decision to commit or be involved in a criminal offense.
The courts can be understanding
Teenagers may be at the wrong place at the wrong time through no fault of their own. Even if their actions landed them in court, it doesn’t mean that your child’s life is over before it has begun. A criminal defense attorney who knows juvenile law and represents young adults can help minimize the charges’ long-term impact on the young defendant’s future.