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Students face numerous penalties for criminal actions

As a parent, one of the last calls you want to receive is one from your child or the police saying that there has been an arrest. In these situations, parents are often outraged, scared and disappointed in their child.

However, if you receive this type of call, then you would be wise to stay calm and reach out to an attorney. While you may be tempted to give your child some tough love, the truth is that he or she could be facing severe penalties that threaten his or her future. Below, we examine some of these penalties.

  1. Jail time: Incarceration is a very real possibility. Depending on your child’s age, he or she could be detained in a juvenile facility, a jail or even prison.
  2. Probation: While probation is typically preferable to incarceration, it is still a serious punishment. Your child can be barred from certain places, people or activities that make it difficult to focus on school.
  3. Suspension from sports teams and other school programs: A suspension or removal from school-related teams or activities can erase or limit future opportunities previously available to a student.
  4. Revocation of financial support: A criminal conviction can result in loss of scholarship and other financial aid, which can ultimately terminate a young person’s education.
  5. Criminal record: A criminal record can make a young person ineligible for certain jobs, programs and housing long after graduation. Saddling them with this obstacle at a young age can make it even more difficult for them to rebuild their life as an adult.

These and other penalties may seem minor at first, but understand that they don’t just go away when a person graduates or turns 22; a person can wind up paying for criminal convictions at a young age well into their adult life.

To avoid this and protect your child from overly harsh penalties associated with juvenile crimes, you can talk to an attorney about defending your child against the allegations and minimizing his or her exposure to severe penalties.

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