Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a rather broad charge that can cover all sorts of activities that involve aiding or encouraging someone under the age of 18 to commit a crime. While the most common actions that involve this charge are buying cigarettes or alcohol for someone underage, these are by no means the only things that can lead to such a charge. If you have been accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, please call a Vista defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Aside from buying alcohol or tobacco products for a minor, you could also be charged with this crime for doing anything that could contribute to a minor missing school for a long period of time or for becoming dependent on the juvenile court system. This means anything from convincing a minor to ditch school in order to go on a lengthy road trip to getting a minor to participate in an armed robbery could result in charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, along with any other charges directly related to the acts themselves. Some people think having a juvenile actually commit the crime creates a shield for the adult, but often prosecutors will offer the juvenile a deal if they testify against the adult instigator. The only way to fight these offenses is with the help of skilled Vista criminal defense attorneys.
Fortunately, because this crime is so vague, it is also difficult to prosecute, especially when the state is up against expert criminal attorneys in Vista. If you have been accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor or believe something you have done may be result in your being charged with this crime, please call Vista defense attorney Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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