Safeguarding Youth: Legal Defense in Juvenile Gun Crimes

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Feb 08, 2024 | 0 Comments

In the past decade, youth gun violence, especially in Pittsburgh and its surrounding areas, has escalated at an alarming rate. Recent data published by the Pew Research Center in April 2023 revealed that gun deaths among U.S. children and teens rose 50% in just a two-year time frame. Narrowing in on Pittsburgh, an article published by Triblive notes that 45 juveniles were killed in 2022 due to gun-related deaths - a harrowing number that has more than doubled since 2022. High-profile cases in the area include the murder of a Central Catholic High School student as well as a mass shooting at an Indiana County party - tragically affecting nine families.

If your minor has been involved in a gun-related incident and is facing criminal charges, our LLF Law Firm Criminal Defense Team has strategic experience representing juveniles in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system. Contact us today by calling 888-535-3686 or by using our online contact tool.

Juvenile Gun-Related Deaths and Crimes Are on the Rise

With the CDC reporting that gun-related deaths now surpass motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death for minors in the United States, the depth of the violence has cascading effects for the entire community - including an increase in the number of teenagers involved in gun-related crimes. Unfortunately, the role of drugs and the influence of social media and video games glorifying guns and violence cannot be overlooked. Nor can the allure of gun culture among youth today.

As parents concerned about their child's safety and criminal charges, it's essential to understand that gun violence can transcend socioeconomic boundaries. While many families in safe communities may have thought they were insulated, the recent data points to an increasing prevalence among youth from all walks of life.

Momentary Lapses in Judgment Shouldn't Stay With Your Teen Forever

Although it's a hard truth to confront, even children raised with the utmost care and values can find themselves entangled in the complex web of gun violence. Mistakes, peer pressure, the desire to fit in, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can turn criminal, if not deadly. However, a momentary lapse in judgment shouldn't define your child's future. Our LLF Law Firm Criminal Defense Team can be a critical lifeline for your juvenile facing the intimidating and often unforgiving justice system. Together, we can advocate for alternatives to incarceration and deal with the collateral consequences of having a juvenile record.

Juvenile Gun Violence Defense Attorneys

If your teen has been involved in a gun-related accident or crime, they are likely shaken up and scared. We believe that advocacy and support can change their future and that every juvenile deserves a chance for redemption. Contact our LLF Law Firm Criminal Defense Team today by calling us at 888-535-3686 or by using our online form.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania as well as in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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