Gang & Youth Info

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What can I as a parent do?

  • Talk to your child; discuss the attractions, dangers, and consequences of being in a gang.
  • Talk to school officials or counselors; find out if there are school programs that increases gang awareness and build resistance skills.
  • Report graffiti to law enforcement. Report suspicious activity to police or other authorities.
  • Limit your child's unsupervised time.
  • Be observant as to your child's room and possessions.
  • Make your child feel safe by assuring him/her that you can protect them so long as they keep lines of communication open.

Youth and the Law


In addition to safety concerns, juvenile delinquency has serious consequences for offenders. Misdemeanor and felony offenses carry broad penalty ranges and fines. Juvenile offenders (under 17 years of age) and adults alike, may be charged with a crime. Once charged, bail may be required and convictions can begin criminal records and deter bright futures.

For your information, some common offenses and their consequences are listed below:

  • Assault with serious injury
    • Up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
  • Curfew Violation
    • Up to $500 fine (Note: both parent and child can be fined $500) (Kids between 10 and 17 years old, out during school hours or between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., 7 days a week.)
    • Criminal Trespass
    • Up to $500 on first offense.
  • Graffiti / Vandalism
    • Up to two  $2000 in fines and up to 180 days in jail if dollar damage is less than $500 dollars.
  • Inhalant Abuse
    • Up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
  • Auto Theft (Car value under $20,000)
    • Up to 2 years in a state jail facility and a $10.000 fine.
  • Possession of Marijuana
    • Up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine, depending on quantity.
  • Most other drug possessions
    • Up to Life in the penitentiary and a $10,000 fine, depending on quantity.
  • Drive-by shootings
    • Up to Life in the penitentiary and a $10,000 fine.
  • Possession of a Weapon
    • Up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine and more if it is an automatic weapon/explosive device or any weapon on school grounds.