People who are charged with a property-related crime may have done a wide number of things to find themselves in the back of a police car. From minor violations such as vandalism or shoplifting to serious acts such as arson or armed robbery, property crimes are unfortunate, but common, occurrences in North Carolina and elsewhere.
Often, a property crime has nothing to do with hurting someone or stealing money or items. Especially when a teen is involved, these types of actions may be committed as a dare or prank. The charges that can follow, however, are nothing to laugh about.
Vandalism is a common outlet for teens. Many of us know someone who has defaced property with graffiti, "egged" a house or even taken down street signs. Some people consider vandalism harmless or a form of art, while others simply see it as criminal behavior.
In one recent case, a South Carolina teen was arrested after driving his truck across several lawns in an act of vandalism. It is not known why the 17-year-old teen was speeding his truck through all the properties, but he was causing substantial property damage and neighbors called the police. The driver of the truck was arrested for malicious damage to property.
Young people make some serious mistakes because they may not truly understand that their actions have consequences. It can be difficult to understand the motivation of a teen initially after an arrest, but parents will want to speak with an attorney who can understand the ramifications of a teen's actions. Depending on the situation, it could be possible to resolve legal issues without doing permanent damage to a young person's record.
Source: WSPA, "Teen Charged With Vandalizing Spartanburg Neighborhood With Truck," Rob Landreth, Aug. 3, 2012