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IL defense attorneyOne of the most common crimes that teenagers commit is retail theft, or shoplifting. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Unified Crime Report, over 100,000 Americans under the age of 18 were charged with larceny in 2016. Everyone makes mistakes - especially teenagers. That is why it is so important to understand the repercussions that can come from one, small bad decision made in the heat of the moment. Here are four things you need to know about retail theft.

It is Not Usually Premeditated

According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), an estimated 73 percent of adults and 72 percent of juvenile shoplifters do not plan to shoplift in advance. Typically, it is a spur-of-the-moment decision. For teens, especially, peer pressure, impulses and a general lack of judgment all combine to cause unplanned thefts.

Retailers Typically Punish Shoplifters to the Full Extent of the Law

The offender is not the only one who loses when they are caught shoplifting - police and courts are busy dealing with petty thefts when they should be focusing on more important things, the costs of goods are driven up because of losses and communities lose sales tax revenue. This is why retailers have begun punishing offenders to the full extent of the law - to deter others from shoplifting.

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IL traffic violation attorneyWe all know what it was like when we first got our driver’s license - freedom at last. One of the big American teenage milestones is getting your license, but according to multiple studies and statistics, teens pose a risk to themselves and other drivers when they are behind the wheel. According to a study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers ages 16-17 years old had a crash rate that is close to double the crash rate of drivers ages 18-19 and about 4.5 times the crash rate for drivers ages 30-39, 40-49 and 50-59. One of the best ways you can keep your teen from getting a ticket is by teaching them proper driving techniques. Here are four tips you can use to help prevent your teen from getting a ticket:

  1. Make Sure Your Teen Gets Enough Practice

This can be one of the most important things you can do because much of the teen’s driving mistakes are made because they are young and inexperienced drivers. It is recommended that teens get at least 50 hours of driving time in multiple conditions, such as nighttime driving, driving in the rain or in the snow. Fifty hours of driving practice should be enough to provide a reasonable understanding of driving, but each teen is different, so your teen could require more time.

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IL defense lawyerDriving is an important rite of passage for many young people and the day they get their driver’s license is a day of celebration. Unfortunately, nearly half of teenagers will experience a car accident before they graduate from high school. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for teenagers in 2016, specifically those between the ages of five and 24 years old. There are many reasons why teens are more likely to get into car crashes than adults, one of them being that teens are more likely to speed.

Speeding Can Be Deadly

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a factor in about 32 percent of fatal crashes that involved teen drivers in 2016. Anyone can speed, but according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), speeding is one of the top three mistakes that teenagers make when they are learning how to drive and the NHTSA reports that teens’ speeding behavior actually gets worse as they become more comfortable with driving.

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