Criminal charges have lasting effects. While many people can change and grow beyond their mistakes, their past can come back to haunt them. This is especially true for young offenders. When juvenile offenders are convicted, they face unique challenges that increase their risks for turning to a life of crime from diminished opportunities and future law enforcement profiling. The critical period after incurring juvenile charges could make them susceptible to harsher punishments without representation.
There is also the problem of recidivism. People, including juveniles, who are charged with crimes are far more likely to be charged with future offenses than those with a clean record. This could be due to a person’s negative reputation preceding them and a proclivity for engaging in risky behavior. Repeat juvenile offenders can see jail time, sometimes well into their adulthood for serious crimes.
Beyond the effects of criminal offenses for juveniles is the devastating effects juvenile crime has on families. One of the best decisions a parent can make is hiring an attorney when their child is charged with a crime.