When you see some stories about alleged criminal activity, those who know the person who was arrested say that it was very out of character for them. This is not something they would ordinarily do.
This can lead to speculation that they may have been influenced by a third party. This is especially true with teens and other young people, but could also play a role with adults. But have studies found that peer pressure is really a reason for crime?
It’s not a primary reason, but there is a link
Generally, these studies have certainly discovered that peer pressure and criminal activity are connected in certain ways, but they’re careful to note that the primary reason for that criminal activity is usually not peer pressure. In other words, it can play a role, but it’s not the only thing that’s making someone break the law.
However, it could be the thing that pushes them to take that next step. For instance, someone may be technically over the legal limit after having some drinks with friends, but they’re still the soberest person at the social gathering. If everyone wants to go get some snacks or do something of this nature, they may pressure that person to drive, saying that it would be safest. This person never would have driven under the influence on their own, but they may do it with the pressure from those around them.
If you’re facing criminal charges after a mistake and that was influenced by someone else, or if you have a child who is in the same position, it is very important that you know about all of the legal options at your disposal. You don’t want one mistake to define your life.