Many teens will rebel at some point in their lives. Sometimes, they will even participate in things that are illegal just because they are bored. The criminal justice system in Washington handles offenses and crimes involving juveniles differently than adults. It is unfortunate that if a juvenile makes one bad decision or has a lapse in judgment, his or her life can potentially be ruined. Those who are charged with juvenile crimes could even be robbed of their futures.
Recently in South Settle, dozens of concerned community members attended a town hall meeting at the Columbia City Theater to discuss juvenile crime in the area and reform. The event lasted about two hours and featured politicians, social workers, business owners, a retired police officer and other community stakeholders. Reports said the event was organized following input from the community concerned about safety and the recent uptake in crimes among the youth.
When discussing the crime problem in the area, most attendees agreed it is not a problem with teens, but rather a community issue. One community member said a systemic change was needed that would support youth and give them a future. The meeting gave community members an opportunity to voice their frustrations and hopes for a better future for their community. Although there were no specific solutions, nearly every person in attendance agreed that teens need consistent support.
Where to get legal help
Every person deserves a second chance. Those in Washington who have been charged with juvenile offenses and crimes have the option to seek legal assistance. A seasoned and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can protect the rights of those accused and help determine the best path forward.