When good kids make poor choices

Teen life – the happiest time of your life, right?

Footloose and fancy free, no responsibilities, endless hours on the phone to friends, refining your expert negotiation tactics with totally unreasonable parents.

We’ve all been there, but now you are on the other side of the dinner table wondering “who is this dissident before me?”.

Teen life is a crucial time for parents to continue to influence and guide their kids, despite the huge amount of growth and development that takes place.

For some teens, navigating the right path is tricky and they may find themselves in trouble with the law.

Here are two excellent resources that provide valuable insight for parents during this turbulent time.

Understanding the teenage brain. 

We know that the teenage brain is built to seek out new experiences, risks and sensations. However teenagers don’t always have a lot of self-control or good judgment and are prone to engaging in risk-taking behaviour.

This is because the prefrontal cortex – the part of the brain that is responsible for self-monitoring, problem-solving and decision-making – develops last (usually in to the mid 20s).

Hormones are also thought to contribute to impulsive and risky behaviour. Teenagers need to take risks to grow and develop.

The Raising Children website provides some helpful tips for encouraging good behaviour and strengthening positive brain growth.

The legal side.

Social media, the internet and smart phones may make life easier but they can also make it much more complicated. The cyber social scene is real and raises a number of problematic situations for teens including cyber bullying, online predators and indecent images.

Laura Willox, Practice Director and Criminal Defence Lawyer at Timpano Legal warns “It is important to be very careful with what you send and what is being received by you. Taking or having indecent photos or videos of anyone under 18 or communicating electronically (eg by mobile phone or online) with children under 16 in a sexual manner may be a criminal offence.”

Other common criminal charges that young people might be faced with, include activities related to driving, drugs and sex.

See Timpano Legal’s informative guide titled Criminal Law Basics for Young People which warns of the types of behaviour that may be criminal and the potential penalties that may apply.

Timpano Legal – Compassion | Honesty | Excellence

As Perth’s leading criminal defence team, we address the legal, social and personal needs of our clients as linked and not separate issues.

If you or a loved one are in trouble with the law, whether you’re innocent or guilty, Timpano Legal can help you formulate the best strategy, and navigate the right path, both legally, and personally.

For a free 15 minute initial consultation, please call 9221 7777.

Talk to one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers

Get a free legal consultation with one of our criminal lawyers

Hear From Our Clients


Absolutely professional throughout the whole messy, complicated ordeal. Everything was fully explained and always kept up to date. Not only a lovely person but highly professional.


I was lost and didn’t know what to do next, the staff at Timpano Legal were wonderful new exactly what to do, when other lawyers I had spoken to didn’t give me any encouraging advice, they kept in touch with me and informed at all times. They Won my case and we will be forever grateful.


I had my initial meeting with Laura regarding some criminal charges and this woman really cared. I feel completely confident having her represent me.


My experience with Laura Willox has been one of, professionalism, quality and friendship. This firm will go out of their way to accommodate you the client. I highly recommend Timpano Legal.


Thank you Laura & Team. Your compassion, respect, understanding & knowledge has helped reinsure me of my rights, and ensured that I received the outcome due to myself & my children. Highly recommend!


At an extremely difficult and worrying time, Timpano stepped in and managed my case with professionalism and care. We had a very positive outcome relatively quickly, and the stress associated with the ordeal was minimised thanks to the team’s ability to navigate the legal system.


I would recommend Timpano Legal as they give you straight to the point advice and work directly with you to sort out matters. Their friendly and experienced team are great and it would be hard to go past using this firm.


Thank you Laura and your lovely team, you held our hand as we navigated an unforeseeable event, your professionalism, honesty, down to earth nature and genuine concern helped us more than you realise, thank you for leading us to the best possible outcome.

Preferred office location

Please select your nearest office location so we can
show you the most relevant information.