Thursday, September 25, 2014

THE MOST POPULAR CRIMES COMMITTED BY JUVENILES

The following is a list of the most frequently committed juvenile crimes:

Robbery- PC 211 The taking of personal property that is in the possession of someone else, from the Victim’s person using threats or force.

- With kids, this crime can vary in seriousness from a gang incident, or use of a weapon, to the taking of a skateboard at a playground.

Aggravated Assault/ Assault With a Deadly Weapon- PC 245 An assault committed upon a person with a deadly weapon, or the force used was likely to produce great bodily injury.

- This crime is a “wobbler” meaning it can be charged as a Felony or a Misdemeanor depending on the seriousness of the injuries or use of a weapon.

Battery PC 242 The touching of someone, willfully, in a harmful or offensive manner. Any sort of physical touching directly or indirectly can be a battery, there does not have to be injury.

- If a child gets in a fight at school, pushes someone, or throws something at another, can technically qualify as a battery.

Burglary PC 459-460 Entering a structure, room, or locked vehicle with the intent to commit a felony (or petty theft) once inside. Often referred to as “breaking and entering.”

- Kids’ “beer runs” qualify as a burglary because they planned to steal the beer before they entered the store.
- Going into someone’s garage to steal a bike or skateboard is considered burglary
- It is a more serious charge (Strike Offense) if once enters a home, versus a commercial business (wobbler offense)

Possession of Burglary Tools PC 466 It is illegal to possession burglary tools with criminal intent- i.e. having the tools for the purpose of committing a burglary

- Things such as screwdrivers, pliers, porcelain chips, or other tools that will be used to break into cars or buildings or houses are considered burglary tools.

Petty Theft PC 484-488 The unlawful taking of someone else’s property valued under $950. If the amount is larger, the crime is considered Grand Theft.

- Whether it is shoplifting/taking and item from a store, or from someone’s backpack, or locker both are considered petty theft.

Vandalism PC 594 The malicious defacing, damaging or destroying of someone else’s property.

- This crime is a “wobbler.” Vandalism includes more than just Graffiti. Egging a car, or a house, damaging a mailbox, or city signs, or keying cars are also considered Vandalism under California Law.

A child being arrested and convicted of any these crimes can seriously affect their record. Many of these crimes are eligible for a diversion program, and if completed will not go on their record. Katie Walsh can help save your child’s criminal record.

Contact lawyer Katie Walsh at (714) 619-9355.