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When a teenager makes a mistake in Fairfax County, it might not be something that he or she thinks can get them into serious trouble. However, there are certain acts, such as underage drinking and driving, that can constitute a juvenile criminal offense and lead to serious problems. Depending on the circumstances of the allegations and how serious the potential punishment is, a teenager can end up in major trouble despite being underage.

A 17-year-old male was arrested after allegedly stealing a car and driving drunk. A police officer was patrolling when, at 9:44 p.m., he stopped a vehicle that had been reported as stolen. Inside the vehicle were the 17-year-old driver and a 15-year-old female passenger. The male was arrested for driving a stolen vehicle, refusing a breath test, driving under the influence, driving with a revoked driver's license and possessing alcohol while underage. The girl was released to the care of her parents.

While parents might be angry at a teenager who has allegedly committed a crime, they need to understand that a conviction can affect the juvenile's life for many years. Young people who are arrested are likely to be scared and admit to things to try to get the charges dropped and be released from jail. However, oftentimes admitting wrongdoing only makes matters worse. Since a conviction can harm a young person's future so substantially, they need to be protected from the time they're arrested all the way through to trial.

In this case, the 17-year-old male was arrested after he was caught on allegations of operating a stolen vehicle while he was believed to have been drunk. There are numerous other charges he faces. Since the arrest has a litany of accusations, the first step that he and his parents probably need to take the first steps toward preparing a criminal defense.

Source:, "Police: Teen Arrested After Drunken Joyride in Stolen Car," Greg Hambrick, Nov. 10, 2014

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