When an individual is accused of a crime in New York, they may be very worried about what the future will bring. This is especially true when the individual is a minor with their whole life in front of them.
Two Irvington, New York teenagers are being accused of criminal possession of stolen property and felony grand larceny after allegedly shoplifting clothing. The reported incident took place at the Lord and Taylor store located in the Palisades Mall. According to loss prevention employees, the girls, ages 16 and 17, took clothing from the store dressing room. The clothing is reportedly worth over $1,200. The girls must appear in court in the future. It is possible that a judge may grant them youthful offender status.
It remains to be seen what will happen to these two girls. However, any minor accused of a crime should take such charges very seriously. After all, criminal charges can have consequences that may affect a minor's entire future. That being said, minors do not always have the same maturity levels as adults, which could play a role in what crimes they are charged with. It is possible that a minor will receive different treatment per the law when compared to an adult who is facing similar charges.
Teenagers accused of crimes could face serious consequences, including being labeled as a juvenile delinquent. Therefore, they may want to seek legal representation. A New York criminal defense attorney may be able to explain more about the criminal charges an individual faces and can represent their clients in court if necessary.
Source: New City Patch, "Two Irvington Girls Charged with Shoplifting at the Palisades Mall," Lanning Taliaferro, Feb. 2, 2016