Supporting Kids Who Have Broken the Law
By: Bill Gravell
When teenagers commit a criminal offense, they are handled in a different way from adults who do the same thing. The goal of the law is to discipline teenagers for their actions but also to provide them an opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Usually, when an adolescent admits to committing a criminal offense, they are kept out of court proceedings. If they have not previously been involved in any trouble with the law, then the confession might be kept out of court records.
Instead of going to court, the teenager is usually dealt with in a way that requires him or her to pay for the damages caused by the crime, as well as the return of any stolen property. An apology and an explanation are also usually included in this process. Some of the offenses that teenagers can commit include trespassing, robbery, and even assault.
Some of the most serious offenses that teenagers can commit end with them having to appear in court. This can be done through a family group conference, where the parents, the law enforcers, and a youth advocate are involved. The teenager is then talked about the consequences of their actions, along with the reparations and penalties.
Although the court deals with these in its own way, there are various ways for you to support the youth who have broken the law and have intentions of righting these wrongs.
Make sure that you hold these individuals accountable. It is very important that you show them that you care about them and that you will not allow them to get away with their actions. If you don’t do this, then they will not get the help they need in the future.
If your child thinks that you are always going to bail them out of any situation that they get into, then they will not learn anything at all. This will also result in a child who doesn’t listen to what you have to say and who thinks that the laws of society don’t apply to them. This means that they are setting themselves up for failure in the future.
Emotions are running high as you try to protect your child from the consequences of their actions. You know that you want to protect them, but also realize that there are consequences. There are many people out there who are going through this same situation, and you should not feel like you are alone. Be supportive of yourself, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.
Being a teen can be very hard, but it is not an excuse. Even though it is not an excuse, it is still important to remember that teenagers have certain hormonal issues that can make them more prone to making poor decisions.
One of the best things you can do to support your child or other youth in your community, however, is to hold them accountable and provide them with service opportunities to give back to the community.
For over ten years, Bill Gravell has been serving the people of Williamson County. Before becoming a county judge, he was a preacher. He spent a lot of time giving advice and listening to people's problems.
As he reflects on the contributions of his community to his life, Bill believes that it is important that he give back to the people who helped him. Whether he is in the private sector or in government, it is his responsibility to make his community a better place to live.
When Bill was a child, he lived in Round Rock, Texas. After graduating from university, he became a devout Christian. He found his calling after he became friends with a drug recovery program participant. He then realized that he had a passion for helping others. One of the things that he learned about this profession was that it is possible to establish connections outside of religious institutions.
For almost two decades, Judge Bill Gravell led the Sonterra Fellowship congregation in Jarrell. He established a relationship-oriented congregation that values connections with other people in the community and outside of the church.
About the Creator
Judge Bill Gravell is a lifelong resident of Williamson County, Texas. His children and grandchildren are partly his reasons for fulfilling his goals to make his region safe and prosperous. Visit billgravell.net to learn about his career.
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