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Why do teenagers get in trouble with the law?

When teenagers and even those in their early 20s commit serious crimes, they can completely change the course of their lives. One mistake could derail a promising future, a college degree and a career.

So why do they do it? That's the first question parents often ask when finding out that their child has been arrested. The specific answers differ from case to case, of course, but there are some notable trends. A few reasons young people turn to crime include:

1. Youth and inexperience

Many times, young people struggle to understand what their actions really mean for their future. Even when their parents tell them, they do not grasp it the same way adults do. They do not yet have the life experience to understand how they could be throwing away uncommon opportunities and advantages.

2. Lack of role models

One of the main reasons teenagers avoid crime is because they have positive role models in their lives. Parents come first, but other adults -- like a coach or a teacher -- can also help fill this role. If they lack these positive role models, teens tend to follow each other or do whatever they want with no regard for authority.

3. The lifestyle they see

Children and teenagers are impressionable. As much as they often like to talk about being unique and individualistic, they actually tend to absorb the things around them and change according to their environment. For this reason, a young person who grows up around a lot of criminal activity may think it's a natural, normal way to act. They parrot the actions of others and crime comes easily.

4. Impulsive behavior and lack of control

The old saying that you should "think before you speak" really applies to far more than just speech. However, teens tend to have less control over their emotions and their actions. They tend to be far more impulsive than adults, doing whatever they want in the moment without thinking about the future. This can lead to spur-of-the-moment decisions that shock parents and even the teens themselves.

5. Peer pressure

Again, teenagers really do like to fit in and will work hard to make their peers accept them. In many cases, this means that they are highly susceptible to peer pressure. A teen may know that a certain action is illegal and have no desire to do it alone, but a little bit of pressure from friends or classmates may be all it takes.

Moving forward

Has your teenager gotten arrested for any reason? No matter why it happened, make sure you know all of the legal defense options that you and your child have at your disposal.

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