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Exposure to violence can make children commit crimes

When looking at why young people break the law, one of the most important things to consider is whether or not they were exposed to violence at an early age. If they were, researchers say that it makes them far more likely to engage in criminal activity as they grow up.

Some of the crimes that young people commit after this exposure include:

  • Drinking alcohol while under 21 years old
  • Abusing prescription drugs and using illegal drugs
  • Generally becoming delinquent
  • Engaging in all minor criminal behavior, such as vandalism or fighting

Do you know what to expect after an OUI arrest?

If you are among those in Massachusetts who believe it is no big deal to get behind the wheel of a car after having a few drinks, you likely do not fully understand the potential consequences of such as decision. In addition to the danger you present to yourself and others by driving while potentially impaired, you place your future in jeopardy by risking the severe penalties resulting from a conviction.

As strict as Massachusetts OUI laws are, they are likely to get even tougher after the recent legalization of marijuana for recreational use and the increasing concern that drivers are mixing drugs with alcohol. Finding an alternate method of getting where you need to go is the best way to avoid the trouble that can come with an OUI arrest. However, you may find that understanding the laws related to driving under the influence may help you make better choices.

Man breaks into house, cleans up, gets arrested

In a rather odd incident recently out of Massachusetts, a man allegedly broke into a home and then was arrested by the police while he was apparently trying to clean the place up.

Reports indicate that the man, who is 33 years old, entered the residence through a door that had been left unlocked. He removed his shoes and cleaned out the litter box for the homeowner's cat. He then started cleaning everything else inside.

Teen and adult male facing armed robbery charges in Boston

A 17-year-old and an adult man from Boston have been accused of getting involved in an armed robbery, and both have been arrested. The older man is just 21 years of age.

Both young men are facing charges of:

  • Two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
  • Carrying a firearm despite not having a license for that firearm
  • Two counts of armed robbery while masked
  • Having a loaded firearm without a license

Do you really just get 1 phone call from jail?

You see it all the time on television: Someone gets arrested and told that they can have only one phone call. They may even demand it, saying it's a basic right. The police resentfully allow them that call, as if this right is somewhere in the Constitution -- even though it was drafted before phones were invented.

So, do you just get one call? Or is this a myth?

Teen runs from police, gets arrested with a gun

A young man in Massachusetts is in jail after allegedly getting in a fight with police officers while he had a gun. It does not appear that anyone was shot.

According to reports, police were simply out on a routine patrol on Saturday, November 17. They spotted the teenager just after 10:00 p.m. with a group of other people. The officers, who were part of the Youth Violence Strike Force, had run into this particular group of young people in the past, so one of the officers tried to talk to them.

What's the deal with field sobriety tests? Should you take them?

In order to arrest someone on suspicion of drunk driving, police must have probable cause. This means that they can't just have a hunch that you are intoxicated. They must gather sufficient evidence to arrest you.

Since roadside breath tests are highly unreliable, authorities needed to create some other method to determine impairment. This is when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducted some research and came up with a three-part test back in the 1980s. Police officers still use those tests today.

Doing time does not mean a conviction stops impacting your life

When facing criminal accusations, you may find yourself focusing only on the legal consequences of a conviction. These could include fines and jail time. This naturally leads you to assume that, when you have done your time, the conviction will cease to be a part of your life.

That's not always true. It can actually follow you around in numerous ways for years on end. It is important to really think about all of the ramifications when considering your defense options.

3 telling facts about underage drinking

As a parent, you know that underage drinking happens. Movies about high school and college tend to glamorize it. However, does it happen as much as these fictionalized accounts imply? To understand it, here are three facts you need to know:

  • In every state in the country, the legal drinking age is 21 years old. No one can legally buy or consume alcohol under that age.
  • Even so, 11 percent of the alcohol that people drink in the United States gets consumed by people who are from 12 to 20 years old. That figure shows that simply making something illegal does not put an end to it.
  • About 90 percent of the drinks consumed by people in that 12-to-20 age bracket are consumed as part of America's binge drinking culture. This is when people drink excessively and with the goal of getting intoxicated. In short, most teens are drinking heavily when they drink illegally, rather than sticking to the recommended one or two drinks a day.

Underage drinking is definitely a problem in the United States, and many parents are unaware that their children are involved in it. Teens work very hard to hide this from their parents. While the movies may exaggerate the drinking culture and turn it into something it is not, the reality is not always as drastically different as you may hope. If your teen is drinking at all, odds are that he or she is binge drinking.

Why is peer pressure such a big problem for children?

Let's be honest: Peer pressure probably still impacts your life as an adult. However, it is nothing like the pressure you faced when you were a teen.

At times, that type of pressure can be so intense that teens do things they don't want to do, that they have been taught not to do their whole lives and that they know they shouldn't do. This can include criminal activity, such as shoplifting, drinking, using drugs or even physically assaulting other children.

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