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What are the impacts of juvenile delinquency?

As a parent, you want your child to do what is right. Unfortunately, there are times when children make mistakes that may get them in trouble with the law.

Juvenile delinquency is a serious issue in the United States. Around 17% of all people placed under arrest in this country are under the age of 18.

Juvenile delinquency impacts more than just one person

Though it may seem that the only one who would be impacted by delinquent acts would be the juvenile themselves, there are many effects that families and communities feel. For example, your family will need to think about the best ways to address your child’s needs while they’re in trouble. That might mean hiring an attorney, looking for mental health support or looking into other options to assist them.

You may need to consider ethical issues, and you might need to take responsibility for your child’s actions. Family or group counseling sessions might be a good idea, too, though they are costly and may take up a significant portion of your time following the arrest.

As a parent, you have a role to play in this situation. You may find that your work is impacted and that you need to devote time to addressing the issues your child faces.

How is the community impacted by juvenile delinquency?

Juvenile delinquency can have a negative impact on the community. There may be damage done to local buildings or structures, and neighborhoods may not feel as safe as they should. This is something that you need to discuss with your child. If they did play a role in damage or in harming someone, then it is necessary to take action to correct that wrongdoing. At the same time, you should take steps to minimize the impact of their actions on their life in the long term.

Minors make mistakes. They don’t always think through their actions. That’s why a strong defense does matter, even if they have done something wrong. A good defense can help make it less likely that this instance of delinquency would result in long-term impacts on their life.