Juveniles don’t always think about what they are going to do. They will often just act or follow their friends without considering what might happen. This can lead them to get into trouble. When that involves accusations of criminal behavior, they have to determine what to do.
A child who is facing the juvenile justice system might be very frightened. They may turn to their parents for guidance and help. The parents might think that their child is the exception, but there are actually some juvenile crimes that are fairly common.
- Disciplinary issues at school: Cheating on tests, food fights in the cafeteria, dress code violations, class disruptions
- Alcohol or tobacco problems: Using alcohol or tobacco when they aren’t old enough, possession of these substances even if they aren’t using them, trying to purchase them
- Disorderly conduct matters: Cursing at a teacher, indecent exposure like public urination or mooning, fights in public locations
- Theft, larceny, burglary: Stealing a bicycle, taking things from lockers or backpacks, shoplifting, taking things from another person’s home, entering buildings with the intent to steal
- Simple assault or battery: Pushing or shoving a person, bullying in some circumstances, getting physical with parents or siblings
- Vandalism: Destruction of another person’s property, knocking over mailboxes, egging or toilet papering homes or vehicles, keying a car, slashing tires, graffiti, tagging
- Drug-related problems: Possession of drugs, trying to buy drugs, having paraphernalia
- Summary offenses: Curfew violations, truancy, having too many tardiness violations at school, sneaking out of home, running away
- Trespassing or loitering: Hanging around a public location with loitering laws, remaining on a property when asked to leave, going into abandoned buildings or closed businesses
- Vehicle-related matters: Driving without a license, taking a vehicle without permission, driving ATVs illegally, not wearing a seat belt, failing to follow traffic laws
- Fraud or false reporting: Writing a bad check, pretending to be another person, pulling a fire alarm, making a bomb threat, calling 911 without reason
- Harassment: Bullying others, taunting people, making phone calls just to be mean or insulting
- Reckless endangerment: Hanging from a moving car, speeding around pedestrians, throwing objects at vehicles
- Resisting an officer: Running from the police, providing inaccurate information to a cop, failing to move when instructed by an officer
When your child is facing a juvenile justice case, you need to help them with representation. They need a Richmond attorney familiar with these matters who can stand up for their rights and explain their options.