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Risky teen behavior can have long-term consequences

The distance created by the passing of years can sometimes make it difficult for an adult to remember what it was like being a teenager. During these formative years, teenagers have a level of energy and emotion that can be exhilarating, confusing and at times even a bit scary. But one thing that is sometimes difficult for a teen to contemplate is how the actions of today can lead to the consequences of tomorrow.

This may be why teenagers sometimes engage in such risky activities as shoplifting, drinking or even dabbling with drugs. Parents have every reason to worry if their children begin to get into trouble with the law. A criminal conviction could ultimately damage a child's opportunities in the areas of education, employment and even housing.

It is very important that juveniles understand that they have the right to legal counsel prior to being questioned by authorities. Being interrogated is stressful enough for an adult, but teenagers often lack the knowledge of the legal system needed to withstand the questioning tactics of the police. An intimidated teenager may unnecessarily offer a confession or self-incriminating testimony.

If your child has a run-in with the law and is charged with a crime, he or she may be facing long term consequences. The child may benefit greatly by having the legal representation of a New Jersey criminal attorney. The attorneys at Johnson & Johnson understand how to protect the legal rights of juveniles. You can access our page on juvenile crimess for further information on our services.

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