Over the years, you have watched your child grow in many ways. You knew the teen years would be difficult, and you likely knew that he or she would one day go off to college. However, you may not have anticipated this time being as difficult as it has proven to be.
Unfortunately, some teens can get off track in their behaviors, and some parents may not know how to effectively handle that derailment. Some parents may try to be more friendly than parental, but that approach may not allow children to understand the importance of discipline. Even despite some parents' best efforts, their children may participate in delinquent behaviors.
Certainly, the majority of children break rules now and again, and they tend to test boundaries. As a parent, you may understandably have a difficult time knowing where and how to set boundaries and how you should handle discipline. You may let certain actions slide now and again, but if your child has carried out an action that has broken the law, even in a minor way, letting that action go without appropriate discipline could be detrimental.
If a child's parents do not take the proper steps to address criminal behavior, it is likely that the child will attempt the same or similar action again. Additionally, the child may also end up committing more serious offenses because he or she has a disregard for the rules and a feeling that the consequences of his or her actions do not matter. Unfortunately, if this happens to your child, you may have a difficult time encouraging better behaviors.
Now that your child has reached an age where he or she will be attending a Tennessee university, you likely feel proud but also worried. Your teen will face exposure to many new experiences, some of which could include drugs or alcohol. If your child already has a disregard for the rules, he or she may participate in troublesome and illegal actions without much thought.
Unfortunately, these actions could result in your child facing criminal charges for drug crimes or underage drinking. While this situation may act as the wake-up call your teen needs to get his or her life together, it could also have immensely negative impacts on your child's future. Therefore, you may want to find out what legal options could best help your teen defend against criminal accusations and hopefully set him or her on the right track again.