Juvenile Delinquency

Juvenile charges aren’t always the end for your child

If your child is facing juvenile criminal charges, you’re probably frightened they won’t have a future. In some ways, you could be right. The Indiana Department of Corrections reported in 2015 that 35.3 percent of juvenile offenders released ended up back in juvenile or adult correctional facilities. That’s more than a third of Hoosier youth who made mistakes as children that prevented them from being released into productive lives.

You probably have a lot of questions about how your child will ever have a future. Even in the face of the recidivism statistics, this doesn’t mean your child cannot grow up to be a responsible citizen. You and your child have options for a better life.

Their story doesn’t have to end

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Psychological factors leading to juvenile criminal behavior

According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2014, there were more than 1.2 million people suffering from mental illness in prisons and jails across the United States. Also, it stated that people with mental illnesses are “on probation or parole at two to four times the rate for the general population.” Many juveniles charged with crimes go undiagnosed until it’s too late. The National Conference of State Legislatures has noted that 65 to 75 percent of children arrested in the United States suffer mental health issues.

Mental health is a topic that is not spoken of because of social stigma, and it’s not treated or diagnosed because of the expense. With almost three-quarters of the children arrested across the country suffering from mental illness, the answer for your child may not be incarceration but treatment. An attorney can help in having your child diagnosed and organize the proper treatment to help them move on to better lives.

Juvenile delinquency defense attorney in Indiana

If your child has been accused of a juvenile crime, or you are trying to move on from the mistakes of your childhood through expungement, get a free initial consultation with Indiana attorney Allen Lidy. He will explain your options and help you understand what strategies will benefit your situation most. Call his office or set up a consultation today.