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As a parent, you do whatever you can to protect your child. You want him or her to make all the right decisions, as you know that going down the wrong path can lead to trouble in the future.

No matter how hard you try, you could soon find your child in trouble with the law. There are many juvenile crimes that are more common than parents often believe. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Possession or consumption of alcohol
  • Possession of drugs
  • Curfew violations
  • Truancy
  • Purchase of cigarettes

As you can see, some of these crimes are more serious than others. For example, an attempt to purchase cocaine or heroin is more serious than an attempt to purchase cigarettes.

Regardless of the crime, you'll want to learn more about what happened. You'll also want to learn more about the legal system, including the potential consequences of a conviction. Depending on the crime, a conviction could lead to serious trouble for your child, which is why you want to do whatever you can to protect his or her legal rights.

Parents expect their children to make the right decisions at all times, but most realize that this is not going to happen. The best thing you can hope for is that your child never runs into trouble with the law.

If he or she commits any type of juvenile crime, you will want to step in and provide assistance. The action you take could go a long way in helping your child avoid the most serious punishment.

Source: FindLaw, "Juveniles and Age ("Status") Offenses," accessed Oct. 09, 2017

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