Juvenile crimes increase in summer months

Parents in Tennessee may often hear their children say that they are bored and don't have anything to do. This declaration is frequently met with activity suggestions or lists of chores. Unfortunately, some bored children may choose some activities that could potentially land them in trouble. According to a sheriff's office in an East Tennessee county, juvenile crimes have increased now that school is out for the summer.

A lieutenant from the Loudon County Sheriff's Office reports that there is roughly a 20 percent increase in crimes during the summer months.  He attributes this in part to kids not having much to do. In particular, there are not many alternatives for children in a small town. The officer believes that when several youths gather, they may vandalize some local areas. While there are not usually serious crimes committed, decisions could be made that may affect someone for their entire life.

The officer reports that the most common offenses in the summer are theft or vandalism. However, officials acknowledge that the increase in summer crimes does not come exclusively from juveniles. There are more reports of domestic violence and assault in the summer months as well.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reports that the hours immediately after a school day is the most likely time for a violent crime to occur. When children are not in school, the crimes are more likely in the evening. Those reviewing the reports believe that a link exists between schools being out and the number of crimes.

Juvenile crimes in Tennessee can result in serious consequences. Penalties ranging from fines and probation to incarceration may be levied against someone convicted of such crimes. An experienced criminal defense attorney can provide much-needed guidance through the process. The goal of a strong legal team is to minimize the negative impact on a person's life.

Source: local8now.com, "Why does summertime mean more crime?", Niku Kazori Posted, June 10, 2017

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