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3 common juvenile crimes that could taint your teen’s future

On Behalf of | Apr 2, 2024 | Juvenile Crimes |

As a parent, you want your children to have the best chance at success and fulfillment in life. Unfortunately, there are certain actions they may take during their teenage years that could significantly jeopardize their future prospects.

In Massachusetts, juvenile offenses can leave a trail of legal consequences that may follow your teen well into adulthood. Educating your teen about these offenses and their potential ramifications is crucial for helping them understand the potential consequences of their actions and making informed choices to avoid such behaviors.

Underage drinking and possession of alcohol

A teen slapped with a minor in possession (MIP) charge stands to face several immediate and long-term consequences. In the short term, they may encounter legal penalties such as fines, community service, mandatory alcohol education classes or even temporary suspension of their driver’s license. Having an MIP on their record could also hinder their ability to secure scholarships, college admissions or employment opportunities as it may signal to institutions or employers a pattern of irresponsible behavior.


Another juvenile offense that can significantly impact a teen’s future is theft or shoplifting. If caught, a teen may face immediate consequences such as legal charges, fines or restitution payments to the affected store. They may also be required to attend theft prevention programs or perform community service. However, the long-term effects of a theft conviction can be even more detrimental. A criminal record for theft can make it challenging for a teen to find employment especially in positions that involve handling money or working in retail.

Sexual offenses

Sexual offenses can have a tremendous and lasting impact on a teen’s future. In addition to facing serious legal consequences such as being required to register as a sex offender, teens charged with sexual offenses may also experience profound social and psychological repercussions. A conviction for a sexual offense can severely limit educational and employment opportunities as many institutions and employers conduct background checks and may be hesitant to accept or hire individuals with such a record.

Seeking legal counsel can help ensure the rights of your teen are protected if they have been accused of wrongdoing. Making this effort can also empower you with guidance throughout the legal process.

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