What Causes Juvenile Delinquency in Teens?

The future lies in the hands of our youth.  Therefore, it is our responsibility to instill good moral and ethical behaviors in our children.  That being said, there are many children that exhibit reckless or impulsive behaviors, which can result in Juvenile Delinquency.  Those persons, under the age of 18 that engage in actions that subject them to the legal system are referred to as Juvenile Delinquents.  This is usually characterized by antisocial behaviors that are out of control of the parents resulting in violations of the law.

 Some of the leading contributing factors to becoming a Juvenile Delinquent are;

  • Poor school attendance gives the child the message that they do not have to follow rules and structure in their day.
  • Exposure to violence in the home will most likely result in children acting out violently in the community.  Studies show that this is the largest contributing factor that predisposes Juvenile Delinquency.
  • Lack of good role models and communication at home can result in strong peer pressure.  Parents need to stay actively involved with their children’s lives and choices.
  • Socio-economic factors can indicate a propensity for crime due to a lack of finances and a need for basic items.  This contributes to the high crime rates in poor neighborhoods.
  • Substance abuse to maintain a drug habit.
  • Psychological issues such as mood disorders or a low IQ.

Some of the most common types of crimes committed by persons under the age of 18 are larceny, burglary, motor vehicle theft, assault, vandalism, graffiti, drug or alcohol abuse and disorderly conduct.

While the goal of the adult court system is to punish the offender, the rationale of the juvenile court system is treatment, education and rehabilitation.  These options focus on preventing future criminal acts.  Juvenile conviction records are generally sealed documents, to prevent the youth from being labeled and having a chance as a productive member of the community as an adult.

Juvenile court Judges draw from a wide range of sentencing options for minors. Juvenile offenders typically receive less severe sentences than adults.  It can be ordered by the court that a Juvenile Delinquent attend educational seminars, drug or alcohol counseling and write letters of apology, for minor crimes.   There can also be home confinement, placement with someone other than the parents, time spent at a juvenile detention facility or probation.  For more serious crimes of violence, a Juvenile Delinquent, aged 14 or older, can be charged as an adult.

The Remsen Family Law Firm, understands the stress and confusion for the accused minor and the family when involved in the court system.  Let our team be the advocates for your child and protect their rights.  It is important that you have a knowledgeable Attorney to assist you through this process to protect your child’s future career and educational opportunities. Call the Remsen Family Law Firm today.