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Police chief concerned about spike in juvenile crime

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2024 | Juvenile offenses |

Most people engage in rebellious behavior at some point during their teenage years. In Washington these days, some of this restless teen spirit has morphed into criminal activity. Rising rates of crime among the juvenile population across the state have law enforcement agencies and others concerned.  

A troubling trend 

The police chief in Renton recently expressed concern over the troubling rise in juvenile crime. The police chief said he has been with the Renton Police Department for nearly three decades and he has never seen crime involving juveniles occur at this magnitude. He noted that this rise in criminal activity has made communities in Renton less safe.  

Reportedly, several teenagers in Renton recently stole a car and drove into oncoming traffic after threatening younger children with a gun. In another incident, police said they arrested five juveniles in connection with an armed carjacking. Officials are blaming a lack of accountability for the uptick in juvenile crime. The police chief said without accountability, it seems those committing crimes are becoming less inhibited and braver. 

Available help 

Every young person will make mistakes and have lapses in judgment. Yet, if these mistakes result in criminal charges, the consequences can affect the individual for years. Those in Washington who are charged with criminal offenses have the right to speak with an attorney. An experienced legal representative can protect the rights of those accused and work to achieve the best outcome relative to the specific situation.