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Some Common Causes of Criminal Thinking

Have you ever wondered why some people become criminals, but others don't, even within the same family? There seem to be both physical and psychological reasons for criminal behavior. Consider some of the most common causes why some people are involved in unlawful activity.

Substance Abuse

Abusing drugs, including some prescription medications, and alcohol often leads to criminal behavior, mainly because possessing illegal drugs or being under the influence are crimes in themselves.

Impaired judgment can also lead some people to drive a vehicle unlawfully or to commit crimes, such as assault, that they would never consider when sober. At the other end of the spectrum are crimes related to addiction, such as robbery, theft or unlawful entry, committed to support an uncontrollable drug habit.

Lack of Self-Control

Impulsivity makes people more likely to do something illegal because impulsive people often don't stop to consider the consequences before acting.

A lack of self-control sometimes stems from being in a stressful situation, growing up in a dysfunctional family or, as mentioned above, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The good news for people who have simply acted carelessly is that a criminal defense attorney can usually reduce the consequences of a conviction, especially for first-time offenders.

Environmental Factors

Keeping company with criminals often leads to becoming a criminal. Whether the bad company comes in the form of family members like siblings or cousins, or old friends from high school or college, the effect of peer pressure is intense.

Because of this bad influence, some people find it harder than others to resist committing crimes of opportunity whenever they arise, so if something is left out in the open, they may decide to steal it, even though they would never go out of their way to commit burglary.

Summing It All Up

An individual can control some risk factors, such as what type friends to keep. Other influences, such as addiction, childhood experiences, and biological features, are beyond a person's control. Even for these kinds of circumstances, professional help is available. Whatever the underlying factors may be, criminal activity seems to come easier for some people than it does for others.