Stealing a car goes well beyond a petty crime. Those who think it would be funny to take someone else’s vehicle for a joyride need to be aware of the potential consequences. Penalties for this type of behavior can be harsh, and in some cases you could be putting yourself in danger.
Yes, it’s bad enough to go to jail for making a bad decision, but it’s even worse to end up dead.
In a recent example here in Florida, a group of teenagers stole a pair of vehicles. They then went on to commit a string of burglaries before taking part in a dangerous racing game that saw them driving over 100 MPH. One of the cars crashed, killing three of the passengers.
The tragic end to this story isn’t surprising, as any high-speed antics are extremely dangerous. That, however, is not the whole story.
The teens involved have been arrested a combined 126 times, meaning they have essentially committed themselves to a life of crime. Not only that, but, again, three of them ended up dead in this accident.
The criminal justice system is often set up to punish people, and in this case to punish juveniles. However, there are many cases, like this one, where punishment doesn’t work and those involved come back to commit more crimes.
It’s sad to see this happen, especially when teenagers are involved. Getting the right kind of help if you are charged with a crime can make all the difference for your future.