Halloween 2016 is now just a memory in the minds of New Jersey citizens. But for some, the antics of that night could have a lingering impact. When looking to cause mischief, it is all too easy for a teenager to make a bad, albeit silly, choice that takes a dark turn. And if the teen runs afoul of the law, he or she may have to face some serious consequences.

As an example, on Halloween night, a Forked River teen was arrested for aggravated assault after allegedly threatening a man with a knife. According to a Lacy police chief, the incident occurred when the man confronted the 15-year-old as he was stealing a pumpkin. The man reported seeing three male juveniles commit the theft of the pumpkin, which the man said belonged to his neighbor. Upon confronting the youths about the heist, one of them brandished a knife.

The 15-year-old was taken into custody and issued a variety of charges, including possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, aggravated assault, underage consumption of alcohol and disorderly conduct. The boy was later released to the custody of his parents.

So it appears that a group of friends consumed some alcohol and went looking for excitement. This sort of thing happens all the time, but if things start to get out of hand, a young person could have a lapse in judgment and commit what could be considered a very serious crime.

But young people make mistakes, and when they get in trouble with the law, their rights should be protected. If your son or daughter has been charged with having engaged in criminal activity, it is imperative that he or she has legal representation. An experienced juvenile crime attorney can work on your child’s behalf to minimize the potential damage to his or her future.

Source: Lacey Patch,”Lacey Police Charge Juvenile With Aggravated Assault Over Pilfered Pumpkin,” Patricia A. Miller, Nov. 5, 2016