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Old 11-29-2018, 09:24 AM
 
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My cousin who is e 20 in the States has been caught trying to receive benzos with a forged prescription. I read it's a felony there so pretty serious. He seemed to think that "most teens have run-ins with the law". Is this true? He specifies teens using fake age cards to enter and think's it a bit ridiculous that he's facing prosecution for forgery when in his mind, it's the same thing.

Leave what you think about his behavior aside, is it normal for teens/young adults in general to either have run-ins with the law (aside from things like driving over the speed limit) and/or getting a criminal record?

Most of my family are surprised because they think that it's mostly "lower class/ghetto" teens/young adults who face getting criminal records or people who hang out with the wrong crowd. My cousin is neither of those. But then again, he is a completely isolated loner so I suppose he never got the feedback from his peers that this was probably not the norm and very serious in eyes of the law.

What's your experience with this?
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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My cousin who is e 20 in the States has been caught trying to receive benzos with a forged prescription. I read it's a felony there so pretty serious. He seemed to think that "most teens have run-ins with the law". Is this true? He specifies teens using fake age cards to enter and think's it a bit ridiculous that he's facing prosecution for forgery when in his mind, it's the same thing.

Leave what you think about his behavior aside, is it normal for teens/young adults in general to either have run-ins with the law (aside from things like driving over the speed limit) and/or getting a criminal record?

Most of my family are surprised because they think that it's mostly "lower class/ghetto" teens/young adults who face getting criminal records or people who hang out with the wrong crowd. My cousin is neither of those. But then again, he is a completely isolated loner so I suppose he never got the feedback from his peers that this was probably not the norm and very serious in eyes of the law.

What's your experience with this?
Most people try to avoid "run-ins" with the law, but felonies are not run-ins.

He will learn how serious this is when he (IF he) tries to get a job or a loan or get into the military.

As for most teens, a speeding ticket can be a good wake-up call. But forging prescriptions is serious ****. Looks like his parents are gonna have years of misery with this one.
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Old 11-29-2018, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Not normal at all.

Forging prescriptions is a serious offense, far from using a fake ID. Any offense concerning medications is a warning to parents.
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Old 11-29-2018, 10:09 AM
 
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No..it's not normal for teens to have run-ins with the law.....at least not for most of them.
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Old 11-29-2018, 10:10 AM
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I'd say no to teens committing Felonies. Only one person I grew up with found themselves facing a Felony, and it did not translate well to long-term success. However pretty much most of my clique got "yelled at" by cops at some point in their youth for stupid minor stuff like using a fake id, or loitering after dark. Of course, those were minor in my day. Who knows what using a fake ID gets you these days.

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Most of my family are surprised because they think that it's mostly "lower class/ghetto" teens/young adults who face getting criminal records or people who hang out with the wrong crowd. My cousin is neither of those. But then again, he is a completely isolated loner so I suppose he never got the feedback from his peers that this was probably not the norm and very serious in eyes of the law.

What's your experience with this?
Socioeconomic status does play a role here. It's a sad reality that when you have money, you can afford to pay a good lawyer to get your kid out of certain trouble. Those with lower income don't have that luxury, and get run through the system to find themselves with criminal records and unable to advance themselves because of it.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:05 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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My cousin who is e 20 in the States has been caught trying to receive benzos with a forged prescription. I read it's a felony there so pretty serious. He seemed to think that "most teens have run-ins with the law".
Except he's not a teen who had a run-in with the law. He's an adult charged with a Felony. Two very different things.

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Leave what you think about his behavior aside, is it normal for teens/young adults in general to either have run-ins with the law (aside from things like driving over the speed limit) and/or getting a criminal record?
No. I'm not saying that it causes people to swoon in disbelief when it happens because it does happen but it's not like it's some rite of passage or anything. Something more common but still not normal would be something like underage drinking or getting popped for weed.

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Most of my family are surprised because they think that it's mostly "lower class/ghetto" teens/young adults who face getting criminal records or people who hang out with the wrong crowd. My cousin is neither of those.
Well, unfortunately; he is the wrong crowd now but kids from upper-class & definitely not-ghetto neighborhoods can get in trouble just the same as anyone else. Whether or not they are as likely to get a conviction out of that trouble is a different story; as their families can afford criminal defense lawyers.

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But then again, he is a completely isolated loner so I suppose he never got the feedback from his peers that this was probably not the norm and very serious in eyes of the law.
When did you last see him? Drugs can change a person & he might have a completely different identity by now. Maybe he did fall in with the wrong crowd at first but ultimately, he made a decision not to pick himself back up again. Forging a prescription for drugs is indicative of addiction; not just trying to look cool.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:15 PM
 
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Normal is so subjective.

I think many teens do things that would warrant a "run in" (whatever that means to the OP) with the law but don't get caught.

But it is absolutely not a low class thing. Many teens from "higher class" families and neighborhoods do things that warrant a run in.
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Old 11-29-2018, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Not remotely normal for when I was a teen or any of the teens I know now.
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Old 11-29-2018, 05:26 PM
 
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"What's your experience with this?'

my (my cousin's, actually) experience is prison time.
not "jail", but prison. years behind bars. felonies do that.
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Old 11-29-2018, 06:55 PM
 
Location: here
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No, being a felon is not "normal."
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