Contrary to popular belief, underage crimes are all too common. According to the United States Department of Justice, 3000 per 100,000 juveniles between the ages of 10 and 17 were arrested in 2014. While this number is down from previous years, most would qualify this phenomenon as an epidemic.
Although statutory crimes are not treated as harshly, the penalties are still severe, with consequences including the creation of a criminal record, fines, and even time spent behind bars. Fortunately, there are ways to avoid these punishments with the help of a skilled underage crimes lawyer.
Those under the age of 18 can be arrested for almost any crime. Although children are not treated as harshly as adults in the criminal justice system, the effects of a criminal conviction can be haunting. Common crimes and penalties that juveniles are often arrested for include, but are not limited to:
While most underage crimes come with penalties that are imposed by the department of justice, colleges and universities have separate punishments. In addition, most institutions of higher learning will not inform parents until sanctions are imposed.
Imagine, for example, that you or your child is accused of possessing alcohol on campus. Rather than notify the parents, the school will assign the punishments and contact the police. University punishments are applied even when the offense occurs off-campus. At North Carolina State University, for example, underage drinking is often punished with alcohol assessment programs, probationary periods, and even suspension or expulsion.
If you or your child has been accused of an underage crime, you may be able to avoid a conviction with the help of the North Carolina underage crimes lawyer at Breeden Law Office. With over 19 years of experience in navigating the court system, attorney Jonathan Breeden can give your case the best chance of success. Beyond practicing law, attorney Breeden is passionate about improving the lives of children. He knows that underage individuals are often unfairly accused and will do everything in his power under the law to help your child avoid a criminal conviction and the formation of a criminal record.
To find out how you can avoid criminal consequences, call (919) 661-4970 today.
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