Follow the links below to learn about the most common juvenile crimes and their associated penalties.
Curfew laws typically involve very light penalties, and a juvenile violating curfew may not be punished at all in some situations.
Once a court determines that a juvenile is incorrigible, it can impose a range of sentences.
Juvenile Drug Possession
Anytime a juvenile is charged with a drug possession violation, that juvenile faces some potentially serious consequences.
Juvenile Shoplifting Penalties
The penalties for juvenile shoplifting are intended to teach and correct rather than punish.
Juvenile Simple Assault
Simple assault is usually a misdemeanor. Depending on the state, consequences for a juvenile charged with vary.
Juvenile Theft and Burglary
Individual dispositions for juvenile crimes can differ much more broadly than they would for adult convictions for the same offense.
With juvenile offenses, a court can order a range of penalties as punishment for a juvenile vandalism offense.
Juvenile Criminal Process
Learn about the criminal process when a juvenile commits a crime.
Juvenile Weapons Possession
If a court determines that there is enough evidence to show the juvenile committed an offense, it will impose a sentence aimed primarily at rehabilitating the juvenile.
Minor in Possession of Alcohol
State laws punish both the provider of the alcohol and the minor who has intentionally obtained it.
The punishments for a runaway teenager usually rests on the parents or those harboring the teen.
Because teen sexting can involve juvenile courts or adult courts, and cover various criminal laws, there is a wide range of potential penalties that may apply.
Truancy among Teens
The court will issue the penalties it deems appropriate, and a teen who violates the court's orders may face additional penalties.
Underage DUI: Alcohol
States have “Zero Tolerance Laws” that make it illegal for a minor to operate a car after drinking alcohol.
Underage DUI: Drugs
The crime of driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) can have serious penalties for young drivers.
Find out what can happen to you if your child commits a crime.
Parental Responsibility for a Child's Criminal Actions
Parents' Civil Liability for a Child's Acts
Can a judge order my child to testify in a criminal case?