There are a number of activities that are considered offenses when committed by minors because of their age at the time of the offense. These “status offenses” are deemed harmful to minors, and the Courts are responsible for protecting them from such activities.
Common juvenile offense charges include but are not limited to:
- Vandalism and graffiti charges
- Shoplifting and other petty theft charges
- Simple assault
- Underage drinking and tobacco violations
While most juvenile offense cases involve misdemeanors, there are many juvenile felonies filed for more serious crimes such as homicide and grand theft.
Are parents liable for their minor child’s crimes?
Parents can never be responsible for their children’s criminal conduct. Therefore, parents are never responsible for a juvenile’s fines, community service, or other remedies mandated by the Court.
Parents can only be responsible civilly for money damage. If a juvenile injures someone and is charged with assault, the parents cannot be convicted of assault; but they would be responsible if the assault victim sues the juvenile for pain and suffering in civil court.
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