Sometimes, young people make decisions that are irresponsible or dangerous. The repercussions of such errors in judgment can have a devastating effect on their future prospects for success. They may not consider the consequences of their actions, or the fact that they could potentially face criminal charges. Two young men in Massachusetts have recently learned this lesson the hard way after they allegedly spray painted several light poles in Boston.

Authorities allege that the 18-year-old and 27-year-old men painted as many as 27 light poles in the Back Bay area. Police in Boston received reports of vandalism, and along with officers from Berkley College were able to locate the two men inside a nearby pizza shop. According to police, one of the men had spray paint on his hands, and the other had spray paint on his backpack. The paint found on the two men allegedly matched the colors of the paint found on the light poles. There is no mention of eyewitnesses that observed the two conducting any acts of vandalism, nor do reports state that any paint or paint cans were found in their possession.

Both men were released on their own recognizance following a recent court appearance. They have been placed on a curfew and are required to remain outside Boston until the case is determined. The charges against them include damage to property by graffiti; both are scheduled to appear in court again in early February.

It is not uncommon for young people to make mistakes. When those mistakes involve criminal activity, however, the consequences can be severe. For these two young men facing criminal charges in Massachusetts, they may find that a solid criminal defense is their best option to achieve an outcome that will not significantly damage their future. Criminal convictions can affect one’s educational and career pursuits, which can be particularly devastating for young people who are just starting out in their lives.

Source:, “Arlington Teen Temporarily Banned from Boston for Alleged Graffiti,” John Waller, Dec. 4, 2012