Is there really a formula on how one becomes a criminal? If yes, what is it? Is there a step-by-step process one can willingly or unwillingly take to get to this notorious path? If yes, how is it done? Is there a checklist that has all the traits on how one can become a legit criminal? If yes, who makes the list? But in reality, there is none. According to a psychologist that has worked with and talked to people who have been found guilty for certain criminal acts against criminal law, all of them have different histories and backgrounds. The only thing most of them have in common is a dark and difficult childhood.
Generally speaking, a bad childhood says to trigger one’s criminal instincts. But we should all consider that the term “bad childhood” is relative and that it differs from one person to another. Bad childhood could be in the form of child abuse, consequences of being in a broken home or the act of child labor. It has different faces, and not all of them result to performance of the worst criminal law offences in history. In fact, some children who have such experience essentially strive to become different people – so different from their ugly pasts. However, when it is consistently fed with multiple misfortunes and discomfort, the worst thing could happen.
Some people who have committed crimes is psychologically unstable. This reason considers a strong and enough reason that provokes a person to commit a crime. This state is a result of either nature or nurture – or even both. Nature means a person’s psychological problem may result from defects of genetics, while the other one may result from harsh and difficult environments. Either way, a psychological claim in court is considers valid stating the submissions of complete medical and psychological documents required. A lot of criminal lawyers pull the string towards psychological defense to make their side of the case in a better advantage.
Addiction to chemical substance
Another proven and tested trigger to the non-stop production of criminals is the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Drinking moderately and taking in prescribed drugs do not really give to the bigger problem. But when people start to take advantage of what seems to become easily accessible, that’s when abuse begins to build-up. Excessive intake of the said substances instantly gives people high and carefree feeling. Ironically, it triggers one to become too impulsive and irate. These become violence, theft, rape, fraud, drunk driving and others when translated into actions. One should not give these substances a chance to manipulate his or her life to the point of violating criminal law.
Who could be more vengeful than those who were victims of crime themselves? They are the ones who have “hands-on” experience on how it feels like to become hurt, abused and cheated on. Some victims remain fixated to such traumatic experiences that they are able to imbibe the same logic to the people they have hatred for. Criminal law becomes a blurry vision.