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Why some teenagers commit theft

On Behalf of | Jan 28, 2020 | Juvenile Defense

It can be difficult to understand what goes on in the mind of a Virginia teenager. Therefore, it’s hard to understand why a young person would want to commit a crime such as shoplifting. However, there are a few possible explanations for why this happens. For instance, the culprit may feel like they need the clothes or other items. It is also possible that a teen is trying to fit in with their peers.

Authorities say that teenagers who have a lot of free time may be more prone to shoplift because they are bored and have nothing better to do. However, this isn’t always the case. Some teens decide to steal items from stores so that they can resell them on the internet. Many younger people believe that they won’t get caught because no one knows their real identity on these sites.

The truth is that the authorities work with online retailers to prevent stolen goods from being sold on their sites. Those who are caught stealing or reselling goods may face a variety of consequences for their actions. In some cases, their criminal records will not be erased or sealed when they turn 18. Even if a conviction is sealed or erased, other parties could potentially learn about the events that led up to a conviction.

Minors who are taken into custody for shoplifting or other crimes may face serious consequences if they’re convicted. Therefore, it can be a good idea to hire a juvenile defense attorney to help with a case. Legal counsel may be able to review a case and create a defense to a charge. For instance, it might be possible to argue that a teen was coerced to break the law or did so unintentionally.