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Being a teenager in 2018 in Georgia is not easy. The pressures on today’s young people to fit in and figure out their place in a complex social strata can be truly overwhelming. Some young people feel lost and succumb to the welcoming arms of violent groups. These groups can exercise great influence on impressionable teens that can lead to the commission of juvenile crimes.

On a recent evening in Social Circle, a group of teens had gathered at a friend’s home. Late that night, a young man allegedly entered the house and started shooting. One young person, a 19-year-old male, was hit by the gunfire. He fled, or was driven, to a nearby gas station. From there he was transported to a hospital by ambulance.

The alleged shooter returned home and was in school early the next morning. In a possible sign of remorse, the young man apparently had a conversation with the teacher, who is also his coach, during which he reportedly spoke about the incident of the prior night. There was no one else in the room at the time. The suspect was then arrested without incident and is facing charges of assault, pointing a gun at another person and theft.

A crime committed by a juvenile need not destroy the young person’s life in Georgia. Seeking sound legal advice when dealing with juvenile crimes can help in determining the lasting impact of the offense. An attorney who is experienced in dealing with juvenile crime can work to limit the effect of an incident on a teen’s future concerning employment, college prospects and other future determinants of success.