Punishment for teens committing minor offenses

Shepard Kopp, Esq. Criminal Defense Attorney, shares advice for parents on the most common punishments for teens committing minor offenses
Common Punishments For Teens Committing Minor Offenses
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Punishment for teens committing minor offenses

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So, if your child is arrested for one of the less serious offenses, a minor in possession of alcohol, small amounts of marijuana, graffiti, a curfew violation, tobacco; things of that nature, most of the time that is going to be dealt with, without them having to appear in court with formal legal proceedings. And often there is a diversion program that's available, where you will meet with your child with a probation officer, even though they are not on probation, and they will be told to stay out of trouble for some period of time; 6 months, 9 months or a year. They may be asked to perform some community service, and the probation officer will want to hear from you as the parent to make sure that they are behaving in the house; that they are going to school and obtaining adequate grades. And as long as they are able to follow those rules and guidelines, ultimately the case against them should be dismissed.

Shepard Kopp, Esq. Criminal Defense Attorney, shares advice for parents on the most common punishments for teens committing minor offenses

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Shepard Kopp, Esq

Criminal Defense Attorney

Shepard Kopp represents individuals and businesses in state and federal criminal investigations and prosecutions. In 16 years as a criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Kopp has tried over 110 cases to juries in state and federal courts, and has won more than 90% of those trials. Educated at Dartmouth College and the University of California's Hastings College of Law, Mr. Kopp has spent his entire professional career as a criminal defense attorney. He is passionate about vindicating the rights of the accused. This passion, dedication, and talent led to Mr. Kopp's recognition by "Super Lawyers" as a Rising Star in 2004, and as a "Super Lawyer" in 2006.

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