Juvenile crime has moved up in the world. No longer are minors only being arrested for stealing at a convenience store, or getting busted for drinking and/or smoking pot. The charges for juvenile crimes can be very serious nowadays.
For instance, Orlando police recently arrested a teen running away from the scene after a stolen car crashed. This car accident led to the property of businesses being damaged. While it is unclear whether or not the teen was the driver of the stolen car, or simply a passenger, what is clear is that he is in a world of legal trouble.
He was arrested on eight outstanding felony warrants. The charges included armed burglary with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, cannabis possession and grand theft.
He and his family will need a strong defense. It's quite common for people to think that the actions of a juvenile won't affect them when they become an adult. This is simply not true. If a child commits a crime as a juvenile, that crime might stay on their record for the rest of their life. Of course, this all depends on the severity of the charges.
In this minor's case, he is looking at a lengthy time in secure detention. That's just for starters. There is a good chance, that due to the severity of his charges, the state can charge him as an adult.
A few bad decisions one night may end up ruining this "child's" adult life forever.