Even the brightest and most promising of teenagers make mistakes in judgment. Many teenagers experiment with drugs, from nicotine and alcohol to marijuana and even harder substances. A large number of teens who try a drug a few times won't experience any long-term ill effects.
A recent report, Juveniles in the Adult Criminal Justice System in Texas, highlights the high number of young Texans sent to adult prisons and emphasizes the detrimental effect this has on youthful offenders as well as their communities. From the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, the report revealed that hundreds of adolescent, first-time offenders convicted of violent crimes are being sentenced to adult prison - punishment legislators intended only for the worst of juvenile offenders.
Underage DWI is a serious charge in Texas. The potential criminal consequences become even more severe when the underage drunk driver causes an accident and injures others. Unfortunately, a recent crash in Arlington has left a teenage girl dead and her boyfriend facing serious criminal charges.
Now, more than ever, it is important for Texans to aggressively fight criminal charges so they may protect not only their freedom, but their bodies.