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In our ongoing series of posts about the California penal code, we’ve taken a different approach when it comes to looking at the law, one that focuses more on making sense of the meaning of the law as opposed to the often confusing and/or complicated, convoluted mess of text that is the dreaded legalese. This post is going to be a little different, though. That’s because for the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the actual charge is that you led someone else to kind of committing a charge of sorts. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Let’s first start off by looking at a few of the definitions involved, then the punishments you can expect for this charge, and finally the legal defenses that you can use to dismiss or else reduce your charges. So let’s get started with some definitions.
Definitions of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
Basically what this charge is is when you either act or fail to act, and then as a result of that a minor becomes a dependent of the juvenile court system, or a juvenile delinquent, or becomes what’s known as a habitual truant. This can range in examples from providing underage kids with alcohol to allowing someone who’s underage have sex with someone who’s much older. While these are just a couple of examples, these aren’t exhaustive, and there are plenty of other examples of where this law applies. Even though this doesn’t involve necessarily committing a crime yourself per se, as you can see this still ends up leading to the law being broken, which is why you’d be held accountable and responsible as a result. So now that we’ve figured out what the law is all about, let’s get into how it would be punished should you be convicted.
Punishments for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
The good news in all of this is that under California state law, the crime of contributing to the delinquency of a minor is considered to be only a misdemeanor. Should you be convicted of this charge, you’d be looking at up to one year in county jail, as well as a fine of up to $2,500. Now luring a child away from his or her parents can be prosecuted either as a misdemeanor or as a California infraction, depending on the severity, your previous criminal record, and other things like that. Okay, I think we have a handle on the penalties and punishments involved. Now let’s take a look at the legal defenses you can use.
Legal Defenses for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
When it comes to defending yourself from this charge, you can claim that you were falsely accused, that you didn’t know that the minor was under the age of eighteen, or that you’re a parent of the child and for whatever reason weren’t able to control them. So no matter which strategy you choose, you know that there are options at your disposal when it comes to mounting a legal defense for this charge.
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So as you can see, the problem of navigating the California penal code becomes much easier when you break it down into its composite parts and simplify the material a little bit. Then it becomes not only easy to understand but also simple to mount a legal defense. So if you’re facing some kind of legal problems, be sure to get in touch with us asap. We’ll make sure you’re taken care of.