On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in Juvenile Crimes on Wednesday, June 22, 2011.
Teenagers get in trouble for committing crimes in Colorado Springs all of the time. Sometimes the crimes are minor, such as a speeding ticket or two, but other times the crimes are severe and could affect the teen’s life for years.
Just yesterday, a Colorado Springs juvenile whose age has not been released was arrested after being accused of stealing and crashing a vehicle on Sanderson Way in the southeast section of the city. Police were called to the scene of the crash just after midnight on Tuesday and witnesses reported that several people ran from the stolen car after it crashed.
A trained police dog was unable to find anyone from the vehicle, but police were able to find one boy who had left identifying items in the car. After being questioned by police, the boy allegedly admitted to stealing the vehicle and participating in several other vehicle break-ins in the area.
Of yet, no other people involved with the crime have been publicly identified.
Sometimes parents think that when their kids commit crimes as juveniles it’s not very serious because juveniles are not treated the same as adults under the law. This could not be further from the truth. A juvenile record can impact a kid’s life for many years and can stand in the way of college and career opportunities.
This is why it is so important to work to get juvenile charges dismissed or reduced. Sometimes it is possible for the juvenile to walk away with little or no long-term negative effects by offering restitution, an apology letter, community service or participation in a treatment program.
Source: Colorado Springs Gazette, “Police arrest boy who left identifying items in stolen vehicle,” Matt Steiner, 6/22/2011.