People in Middlesex County may have many assumptions about teenagers and young adults in the area, but most of them are likely shocked to learn that by the age of 23, 40 percent of men will have been arrested at least once. Though this statistic does not include the number of individuals who have been charged with crimes or convicted of something, even being arrested on suspicion of a crime can be serious.
Many people, especially young people, may forget about their right to an attorney or think that they can resolve any problems without an attorney, which can get them into even more trouble. It is important to remember, however, that part of an attorney’s role is to protect an arrestee’s rights and to prevent the police from twisting an individual’s words into incriminating evidence.
Individuals who work with criminal offenders often agree that early arrests can be damaging to an individual. Whether it leads to a lifetime of poor decisions or difficulty finding work and a place to live, arresting teenagers and young adults can haunt them for years to come.
The data on the number of men arrested by age 23 was broken down even further by researchers. According to the study, 49 percent of African-American men were arrested by 23, 44 percent of Hispanic men and 38 percent of white men. The numbers were still high for the percentage of men arrested by the age of 18: 30, 26 and 22 percents, respectively.
So, while an arrest may not seem like much, even without any accompanying criminal charges, that arrest can have a long-standing effect on a person.
Source: The Associated Press, “Study: Nearly half of black men arrested by age 23,” Jake Pearson, Jan. 20, 2014