As a parent of teenagers in California, no one has to tell you how challenging parenthood can be. The world has changed a lot over the last two centuries, and kids today encounter peer pressure on a whole different level, sometimes including temptations or dares to commit crimes. Not every teenager gets into trouble with the law; however, if your son or daughter did, he or she would definitely not be the first and likely won’t be the last.
Many have done studies to determine if there are precursors that flag a particular teenager as more prone toward criminal behavior than another. There appears to be one type of crime that teenagers commit more than others, and that’s theft. If police call you because they have arrested your child, your life may never be the same. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean your child will go to jail or that life has to be ruined. The type of support you obtain can make all the difference.
Various types of theft and ways to prevent teenage crime
Theft is more of a broad term for various types of crime. The following provides further explanation and also possible ways to help teenagers avoid a criminal mindset:
- Burglary: This type of theft means a person has illegally entered a building or premises, intending to commit a crime. There are burglaries of varying degrees and penalties under conviction vary accordingly.
- Robbery: A robbery crime implies the threat of force or that actual force was used against someone to commit theft.
- Property theft: If your teenager purposely takes something belonging to another person with the intent of acquiring possession or ownership of it, and also depriving the other person of the same, prosecutors can charge him or her with a crime.
Sometimes, speaking with other parents can provide support and encouragement as you try to help your children navigate their teenage years. Many parents believe education is a key factor in helping teenagers avoid crime. If they know what types of consequences exist and what can happen to their lives, they may be more prone to make good choices. Teenagers who are active in community service also seem to have lower risks for criminal behavior.
Talk to your teen and reach out for support
Many teenagers say bullying can negatively affect their behavior, leading some kids into lives of crime. The problem is that teenage criminals often grow to become adult criminals. By reaching out for support from community officials, other parents, faith leaders in your community and good friends, you may be able to help your child avoid trouble. If your situation has already gone beyond that, there is still hope. An attorney with experience in the juvenile justice system may be able to help your child get life back on track.