Youth and the Law
In addition to safety concerns, juvenile delinquency has serious consequences for offenders. Misdemeanor and felony offenses carry broad penalty ranges and fines. Juvenile offenders (under 17 years of age) and adults alike, may be charged with a crime. Once charged with a crime. Once charged, bail may be required and convictions can begin criminal records and deter bright futures.
For your information, some common offenses and their consequences are listed below:
Assault with serious injury
Up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Up to $500 fine (Note: both parent and child can be fined $500) (Kids between 10 and 17 years old, out during school hours or between 12:00 A.M. and 6:00 A.M., 7 days a week.)
Up to $500 on first offense.
Graffiti / Vandalism
Up to two $2,000 in fines and up to 180 days in jail if dollar damage is less than $500 dollars
Up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Auto Theft (Car value under $20,000)
Up to 2 years in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine.
Possession of Marijuana
Up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, depending on quantity.
Most other drug possessions
Up to Life in the penitentiary and a $10,000 fine, depending on quantity.
Up to Life in the penitentiary and a $10,000 fine.
Possession of a Weapon
Up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine and more if it is an automatic weapon/explosive device or any weapon on school grounds.