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IL defense lawyerMost crime in the United States is committed by adults -- but that does not mean that juvenile crime is uncommon. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there were over 8 million arrests in 2017, but only an estimated 815,173 -- or 9.9 percent -- of those arrests were for people under the age of 18. Of those juvenile arrests, an overwhelming amount (769,985 or 94 percent) of them were teenagers. Law enforcement officers have reported that there is a noticeable trend in the types of crimes that teenagers commit. Here are the top crimes that teenagers have been known to commit:

Theft/Larceny: In 2017, there were 93,178 arrests to juveniles for suspicion of committed theft or larceny. In Illinois, theft is committed when a person knowingly takes control over property owned by someone else, whether that is by deception or threat of harm. It also occurs when a person obtains control over property and knows that the property is stolen. Shoplifting occurs when a person takes property from a retail establishment without paying for it. Theft/larceny charges can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the value of the stolen goods.

Vandalism: There were 28,842 juvenile arrests for vandalism in 2017. According to Illinois code, vandalism is the act of damaging, destructing, defacing or otherwise destroying property of another person. The type of vandalism that teenagers commit is typically tagging and graffiti, drawing on walls or defacing cars.

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IL defense lawyerGrowing into a teenager has become a major rite of passage in today’s society. By the time a teenager is 18 years old, he or she will likely have had some experience in driving a car. Unfortunately, there are far too many situations where teenagers have had too much to drink and drive. Because of underage drinking and driving, there have been too many serious injuries and deaths that have occurred.

Who Is Drinking and Driving While Under Age?

Since the early 1990’s, the number of underage drinking and driving incidents has decreased by 54 percent. However, one out of every 10 teenagers in high school will still drink and drive. Due to the lack of experience that the teenage driver has, he or she is 17 times more likely to be killed in a car accident when the blood alcohol content (BAC) is over 0.08 percent than if he or she was not drinking at all.

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