Many things that used to get teenagers into trouble with their parents or their principals have become causes for arrest in recent years. One does not have to look very far to find a news report about schoolchildren ending up in handcuffs after being involved in a food fight or minor vandalism. Unfortunately, youthful indiscretions often result in criminal consequences in this day and age.

Earlier this week it was reported that a 15-year-old New Jersey boy is facing serious criminal charges for allegedly shooting a toy gun at a group of kids who were playing football in Oaklyn.

One child was hit by a pellet from the airsoft gun, but the child was not injured. Airsoft guns are replicas of firearms; they shoot plastic pellets.

Although no one was hurt in this incident, the young Woodlynne teen was arrested and he has been charged with weapons possession and assault.

When juveniles face criminal charges like these, it is very important for their parents to seek criminal defense counsel. Many parents fail to do this because of the common misconceptions that charges against juveniles are never serious and that juvenile crimes do not appear on permanent records.

On the contrary, being accused of and found responsible for a crime as a juvenile in New Jersey can, and often does, result in long-term consequences. However, making mistakes is a part of growing up, and skilled criminal defense attorneys work to ensure that the rights and futures of juveniles are not compromised as a result.

Source: NJ.com, “N.J. teen arrested for firing airsoft gun at youth football team, authorities say,” Jeff Goldman, Oct. 9, 2013