Juvenile Vandalism and Property Damage

As kids become older, parents tend to begin to grant them more responsibility and freedom. Many kids test their new privileges by doing bolder and bolder things until, occasionally, they may find themselves in trouble. Property damage and vandalism are perhaps the most common ways children get themselves in trouble with the law, as many of them do not fully respect or, in some cases, understand other people’s private boundaries yet.

Common Methods of Juvenile Property Damage and Vandalism

Throughout a juvenile’s emotional teenage years they often feel lost or temperamental. It is not uncommon for these children to express their unstable emotions through various forms of rebellion like property damage or vandalism. Often the target of property damage is against the children’s school or other children who may have made the vandal upset. Unfortunately, many adults struggle to empathize with what their children are feeling and ridicule them for small mistakes, which leads to more resentment. Some of the most common ways younger teens express their angst is through property damage, some examples of which include:

  • Window Breaking
  • Mailbox Smashing
  • Graffiti
  • Pranks (tipping small cars or motorcycles, TP-ing homes, stealing/slashing tires, etc.)
  • Destroying Belongings
  • Fires

Children are capable of doing very destructive things when they are upset. However, fining their parents and leaving a permanent mark on their criminal record will not solve the problem – children make mistakes and should not be obscenely punished.

Contact a Juvenile Property Damage Attorney

At Alexander & Associates, we understand children make mistakes, and making mistakes is part of growing up and learning the way of society. But when a juvenile’s entire future could be at stake for a mistake they made, our attorney’s will step in to protect your child’s rights. Our qualified legal professionals have had years of experience protecting children from harsh punishments of the law and will use this experience to assist in your case. If you or someone you know has a child who has been brought on property damage charges, contact the office of Alexander & Associates at (972) 420-6560 today.