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Young people are often more impulsive

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2022 | Criminal Defense

As a parent, you’ve often talked to your child about avoiding criminal behavior and following the law. But you’ve probably worried that they’ll be arrested at some point for breaking the law, whether it’s something simple like a DWI charge or something more serious like an assault and battery charge. 

One reason that this often happens to young people is that they act more impulsively. They don’t seem to think through the ramifications of their actions. For instance, your child may have no intention to commit a crime, but they may react impulsively when someone insults them in a bar and start a fight. This could lead to serious assault charges, and they may express remorse after the fact, saying they never really wanted to get in a fight, but they just acted on instinct. 

Why does this happen? 

One reason that this happens is that younger people are still forming their view of the world and seeking out new experiences. This can lead to risk-taking behaviors, and they may not fully grasp how big those risks are. 

In fact, some have gone so far as to say that younger people are generally “unable to gauge the risks of their behavior.”  They’re thinking more in the moment. Your child may have thought of the risk of getting injured in the fight, but they may not have thought about the legal ramifications that could leave them facing years behind bars. They simply don’t have the life experience to understand exactly what’s happening, as brain development doesn’t reach completion until around age 26. 

A decision may be made in an instant, but it can have a huge impact on the rest of a person’s life, so it’s important to consider all of the legal defense options at your disposal.