Teenagers who get into legal trouble may face charges and ramification that can last for years -- or even the rest of their lives. They may not fully understand the seriousness of their actions in advance. But it does not matter if they regret it when they reach their 30s if those charges are already on their record.
Every time you need to do your taxes, you feel quite nervous. You double-check the paperwork. You use the Internet to find tips and assistance. You feel conscious of the fact that you never took a tax class or prepared to do this on your own, even though that is exactly what the IRS expects you to do.
There's this cultural belief that just won't die about juvenile crimes being inconsequential. Thanks, in part, to pop culture stories that exaggerate the opportunities of record sealing and expungement, too many parents and teenagers seem to think crimes committed during high school are not a big concern. Sadly, allowing that inaccurate belief to guide your reaction to juvenile charges could end up having major consequences for your child in the future.
Being charged with a crime is always a matter to be taken seriously, but most people don't have a good handle on what distinguishes the various kinds of charges. Many of us will experience some sort of criminal charge in our lifetime, even if it is only a relatively small infraction.
Seeing a police officer waiting at the front door of your home can be very unsettling, to say the least. No matter their reason for being there, they often make people uneasy without meaning to. Their presence could scare or intimidate someone into doing almost anything they're asked, just to avoid further trouble. They might be talking to people about a neighborhood crime or warning you about an unsafe condition nearby.