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3 Common Juvenile Charges and Their Impact

 Posted on November 21, 2023 in Criminal Defense

Untitled---2023-11-21T125846.863.jpgMaking mistakes is a normal part of growing up. Most teenagers’ mistakes result in nothing worse or more permanent than an in-school suspension or failing a test. An unlucky few, however, will get arrested for their mistakes. Being charged with a crime can be stressful for anyone of any age. Juveniles may experience a different type of stress. Their future may be riding on the results of the case. Being adjudicated delinquent, even for a minor offense, can prevent a teenager from getting into the college they want to attend. It may even become a barrier for young people who were planning to enlist in the military. If your minor child is facing juvenile criminal charges, the best thing you can do to help them is to immediately contact a qualified criminal defense attorney with experience in juvenile courts. Many juveniles are eligible for some type of diversion program that can prevent their record from following them. 

Juvenile Retail Theft Charges

Shoplifting is a very common charge for young people. Taking a few items from a retail store is a fairly common form of teenage rebellion. However, it is one that can have serious consequences. In most cases, with juveniles, the property taken is not worth much and the teen will only face misdemeanor charges. However, if a juvenile is caught with shoplifted property worth more than $950, they could be charged with a felony. 

Simple Assault Among Minors

In the past, fights between children were typically handled by the school or the parents. Unfortunately, students who get into fights on school grounds will generally be arrested and charged with assault. Fortunately, simple assault is a misdemeanor. However, you should be aware that courts take even minor violence very seriously. If the alleged assault was against someone your teen dated, the charge might be more serious. 

Underage Drinking and Cannabis Use

While it is not legal for teenagers to drink alcohol or use cannabis, it is not uncommon. Teen drug and alcohol use can put your child at greater risk of developing a substance abuse problem, not to mention land them in legal trouble. In most cases, these charges are relatively minor. However, more serious charges can be brought if a juvenile is suspected of distributing substances. Even being the person who makes the purchase on behalf of a friend group can be charged with distribution. 

Contact a San Jose, CA, Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney

Fuller Law Firm is dedicated to helping juveniles who have been arrested. Our committed Santa Clara, CA juvenile criminal defense lawyers will do all we can to protect your teen. Contact us at 408-234-7563 to start with a free consultation. 

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