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Camden Juvenile Criminal Lawyer Discusses Affluenza and Minors Criminally Charged

Minors who grew up well off may not have all of the world’s advantages in their corner. New studies have shown that those who grew up in a higher status area are at the highest risk for what is now being referred to as affluenza. This psychological malaise is theorized to affect wealthy young people. Symptoms include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and is often associated with a feeling of isolation.

This affliction has been shown throughout mainstream media from Paris Hilton’s time in reality television to movie screen portrayals such as the late Brittany Murphy in Uptown Girls. In addition to often not having direction or the motivation to pursue a career, the malaise is often accompanied by risking and illegal behaviors ranging from drug abuse to minor shoplifting. Due to the pressure to succeed in the way their parents have, children of high net worth often do not have their own dreams and fall victim to further issues that have the root cause of affluenza, which is often undiagnosed and sometimes not acknowledged as a true mental health issue. For instance, a teenager who is afflicted with affluenza but does not have the proper support may turn to substance abuse for release. However, their root issue would be affluenza as opposed to a more “traditional” addiction problem.

Many parents have also found that even without a serious issue such as substance abuse, their child may begin to skip school, behave in a risky manner, or not consider the consequences of their actions due to not feeling as though there is a light at the end of the tunnel. When a child faces criminal charges due to their mental state, it is important to find a compassionate Camden criminal lawyer as soon as possible. The right lawyer can find an agreeable solution that puts the mental health of your child first, and can help create a plan that helps support the child through these issues.

Even if the charges are dropped, it is important to be prudent with your child’s health. While some may view the disorder as an entitlement issue, the problem often stems from a much deeper problem. In these cases, it is important to seek counseling during the litigation process and likely after the case has settled. Being an advocate and finding good legal representation for your child can turn a bad situation into the beginning of getting him or her back on track for the rest of their lives rather than allowing their mistakes define them.

Camden Juvenile Criminal Lawyer Michele Finizio Defends the Rights of Minors and Helps Get Their Lives on the Right Track

Camden criminal lawyer, Michele Finizio, has experience working with juvenile crimes in New Jersey, and has the compassion to put a child’s future first. Our team weighs the best defense with all options for a child when considering a legal strategy. Call our offices today at 609-230-0374 or contact us online to learn how you can help your child come out of their criminal charges and into a better future. Our offices are conveniently located in Moorestown, New Jersey to better serve clients throughout Southern New Jersey including Camden County, Gloucester County, Burlington County, Mercer County and Atlantic County.

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