What are 5 of the most common juvenile crimes?
Parents and guardians want to do everything possible to keep their children safe. Unfortunately, even the brightest kids can make poor choices and engage in criminal activity.
Knowing the types of situations where young people most often find trouble can help adults guide their youths away from a crisis.
1. Illegal purchases
Illegal purchases include someone under 21 buying tobacco products, alcohol or firearms. California classifies vapor products with nicotine as tobacco products. Unlawful purchases can also involve using a fake ID to purchase such items.
2. Additional drug and alcohol offenses
Drugs and alcohol often lead to other crimes. A minor who is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may encounter DUI charges with possible fines, fees and jail time. A youth who knowingly possesses drugs, including marijuana, may face legal action.
3. Sexual offenses
Young people should know that consensual sexting between minors is illegal in California. Sexual offenses also include any sexual contact made without the other party’s consent. Such prosecutable actions include rape, sexual assault and child molestation.
Stealing is one of the most common juvenile crimes. Larceny denotes the unlawful taking of another person’s property and covers offenses from shoplifting to fraud.
Excited emotions can move young people to engage in physical altercations. Assault is an unlawful attack by one person on another to inflict bodily harm. The attacker must have the ability and intent to harm.
The juvenile system in California focuses on guiding individuals under 18 to receive treatment, education, rehabilitation and guidance to overcome errant behavior. However, parents and guardians have a fundamental role in helping youths correct and learn from immature mistakes.