With the fourth of July comes rowdy teens…drinking, being drunk in public, drinking and driving, shooting off guns, etc. Oftentimes kids just don’t think, so parents it’s up to you. Talk to your kids about the dangers of violating California’s laws. Juvenile convictions don’t just “go away” once you turn 18 – they can remain on your record and haunt you for life. If your child performs just one careless act this holiday weekend…and ends up with a California sustained juvenile petition…it won’t just go away.
In California, a sustained juvenile petition is akin to an adult criminal conviction. This means that it will be as if he/she has a conviction on his/her record. Not only will that make “day to day” living difficult when it comes to securing employment, higher education, loans, etc. but sustained juvenile petitions for serious or violent felonies may even be used as “strikes” pursuant to California’s three strikes law if he/she gets into more legal trouble in the future.
Kids often think they’re invincible and fail to look past the moment. With your help, they can understand that their actions today affect their lives tomorrow.