Teenagers in Utah do not always make the best decisions, and in fact, their brains are still developing, affecting their ability to make appropriate choices or understand the long-term consequences of the choices they make. This could lead to them engaging in illegal acts. However, even seemingly minor offenses such as truancy, smoking cigarettes, experimenting with sex or drugs, underage drinking or violating curfew laws can add up, landing the teenager in the juvenile justice system.
However, just because a teenager makes one bad decision doesn’t mean that he or she should be saddled with a criminal record. A criminal record that could follow him or her the rest of his or her life, affecting his or her ability to go to college, find a place to live or obtain a job.
Therefore, it is very important to take juvenile delinquency charges seriously. If a teenager is accused of a crime, he or she, along with his or her parents, may want to consider seeking legal advice. Attorney Catherine Cleveland has been representing juveniles for over 15 years in legal proceedings. She has experience keeping her clients out of jail, minimizing the fines her clients may face and helping her clients move forward on the right foot.
Many times, teenagers act out if they are having school difficulties or difficulties at home. However, even if these kids commit a crime, they deserve a second chance. Attorney Catherine Cleveland believes in second chances, and has provided her clients with the legal guidance they needed to have the charges they faced reduced or dropped altogether. Her website on juvenile delinquency could be of help to teenagers and their parents who are in need of more information.