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Your Rights and Responsibilities. As Parents and Teens Keeping You Safe Is The Responsibility of Us All!. OUR GOALS: TO KEEP YOU SAFE AND OUT OF TROUBLE. DON’T BECOME A POSTER CHILD FOR STUPIDITY!. ISSUE NO. 1:. 36% of traffic deaths of 15-20 year-olds are alcohol related.
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Your Rights and Responsibilities As Parents and Teens Keeping You Safe Is The Responsibility of Us All!
OUR GOALS: TO KEEP YOU SAFE AND OUT OF TROUBLE DON’T BECOME A POSTER CHILD FOR STUPIDITY!
36% of traffic deaths of 15-20 year-olds are alcohol related. On prom and graduation weekends, half of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol. DUI for those under 21 = .02 BAC Penalty for 1st-time DUI includes loss of license to age 18, up to $1000 fine, possible jail/YDC time. Alcohol and Teens Don’t Mix
Buying and Furnishing Alcohol • Buying alcohol can result in loss of license. • Manufacturing fake IDs can be a felony. • Adults who furnish alcohol to minors can be: • Charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor; • Liable to the parents of the child receiving the alcohol in a civil suit (OCGA 51-1-18); • Liable to a person injured by the minor’s drunk driving.
Alcohol and Teens Don’t Mix Teen given second chance after fatal DUI crash caught with alcohol September 9, 2003 — A teenager who was given a second chance after killing his friend in a drunk driving accident has been arrested for underage drinking. A bench in memory of Stacy Blundell sits in a Naperville Park where a drunk driver killed the 17-year-old. Blundell was riding in a car driven by Naperville Central High School classmate Sean McNees. At the time of his sentence, Stacey's parents wanted to give McNees a second chance. They supported a plea agreement where McNees served six months in a county jail and four years probation instead of time in a state prison. DuPage County States Attorney Joe Birkett says if McNees is found guilty on the drinking charge he will ask the judge to impose the initial sentence of three to14 years in a state prison.
TRAFFIC COURT: • THE COURT WILL SUSPEND YOUR LICENSEIF YOU’RE CONVICTED OF: • Aggressive Driving • Going More than 24 MPH Over the Speed Limit • Using a Fake ID to Buy Alcohol • Purchasing Alcohol • Improper Passing On a Hill, or of a School Bus • OCGA 40-5-57.1
Getting A Learner’s Permit • Must be 15 years old. • If under 18, you must be enrolled in school or be excused from school attendance. • Must pass vision and written exams. • Can only drive with a licensed, 21+ driver in front seat.
Getting a Provisional License Effective January 1, 2002: (40-2-22) • Must be 16, no disqualifying offenses. • Must Have Completed Driving School and and certify you’ve had 20 hours supervised driving experience OR 40 hours supervised driving experience. Must include at least 6 hours night driving experience.
Limitations on Provisional License • May not drive between 12 and 6 a.m. • For first six months, may have ONLY immediate family members in the car. • After that, may have no more than 3 passengers who are less than 21 unless they are members of your immediate family. • After 12 months, if there are no “4-point” offenses, may apply for “regular” license. • Reckless driving, improper passing, 24 + mph over limit.
Other Traffic Laws to Watch • “Aggressive Driving”: Driving with the intent to annoy or harass others. • Open Container: NO open alcoholic beverages in cars now. • Children: Those under 5 MUST be in a CHILD SEAT. • DUI Alcohol Limit for Under 21 is .02
Saturday, April 10, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M. 2 teenagers killed in Auburn wreck AUBURN — Alcohol and speed may have been factors in a fatal three-car collision yesterday afternoon on Auburn Black Diamond Road, a sheriff's spokesman said. According to King County sheriff's detectives, the incident occurred in the 19400 block of Auburn Black Diamond Road when a car traveling west crossed the center divider and collided head-on with a pickup. The westbound car then hit a second eastbound car. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart said two of five people in the westbound car, a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl sitting in the back, died at the scene.
"Truancy is our first best flag that a kid will enter the juvenile justice system." --Ken Seeley, who is studying the effectiveness of seven truancy-reduction programs for the U.S. Justice Department. Why Worry About Truancy?
Truancy Laws in Georgia • O.C.G.A. 20-2-690.1 Mandatory Education for Children between ages 6 and 16 • Every parent, guardian, or other person having charge of any child between their 6th and 16th birthday shall enroll the child in a public or private or home study program. • Any parent, guardian, or other person having charge of a child who violates the mandatory education age requirement shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and if convicted shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100 or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days or both.
School, Legal Trouble, and Drivers’ Licenses • The department shall forthwith notify by certified mail or statutory overnight delivery, return receipt requested, any minor issued an instruction permit or driver´s license in accordance with this subsection other than a minor who has terminated his or her secondary education and is enrolled in a postsecondary school or who has permission of his or her parent or guardian to withdraw from school that such minor´s instruction permit or driver´s license is suspended subject to review as provided for in this subsection if the records of the department indicate receives notice pursuant to Code Section 20-2-701 that indicates that such minor:(A) Has dropped out of school without graduating and has remained out of school for ten consecutive school days;(B) Has more than ten consecutive school days of unexcused absences in any semester or combination of two consecutive quarters; or(C) Has been suspended from school for:(i) Threatening, striking, or causing bodily harm to a teacher or other school personnel;(ii) Possession or sale of drugs or alcohol on school property; or(iii) Possession or use of a weapon on school property. For purposes of this subparagraph, the term "weapon" shall be defined in accordance with Code Section 16-11-127.1 but shall not include any part of an archeological or cultural exhibit brought to school in connection with a school project;(iv) Any sexual offense prohibited under Chapter 6 of Title 16; or(v) Causing substantial physical or visible bodily harm to or seriously disfiguring another person, including another student.
HB 1190 • Any parent, guardian, or other person residing in this state who has control or charge of a child or children and who shall violate this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to a fine not to exceed not less than $25.00 and not greater than $100.00, or imprisonment not to exceed 30 days, community service, or both any combination of such penalties, at the discretion of the court having jurisdiction. Each day´s absence from school in violation of this part after the child´s school system notifies the parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child of five unexcused days of absence for a child shall constitute a separate offense. After two reasonable attempts to notify the parent, guardian, or other person who has control or charge of a child of five unexcused days of absence without response, the school system shall send a notice to such parent, guardian, or other person by certified mail, return receipt requested
Sex and the Law • Statutory Rape • Sex with someone under 16. • Doesn’t matter how old they look or if they really want to do it. • If victim is 14 or 15 and offender is no more than 3 years older, it is a misdemeanor. • Otherwise, it is a felony. An adult offender can get up to 20 years in prison. • Those convicted can get put on the Internet as SEX OFFENDERS!
Sex and the Law • Child Molestation. • Doing an act to or in the presence of someone under 16 with the intent to arouse the offender’s or the victim’s sexual desire. • If it involves sodomy or injures the victim, it is AGGRAVATED child molestation (minimum 15 years) • As a practical matter, sex with a child under the age of 14 may result in this charge.
Sex and the Law • Sexual Battery • Intentionally making contact with another person’s private parts without consent. • Groping, grabbing, pinching
Marcus Dixon, a defensive lineman from Pepperell High in Lindale, Ga. who signed a letter of intent for Vanderbilt last week, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl at the school, according to the Rome News-Tribune.Dixon, 18, was booked at the Floyd County Jail late Wednesday on a felony charge of statutory rape and a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. According to a Floyd County police report, Dixon forced the girl to have sexual intercourse against her will Monday.“My understanding is that it is alleged to have happened in a school trailer,” Floyd County Schools superintendent Kelly Henson told the Rome News-Tribune. Football signee arrested for rape By Anthony Lanetlane@nashvillecitypaper.comFebruary 14, 2003
RAPE • Sex without another’s consent • Minimum 10 years to LIFE • “Sexual intercourse with a woman whose will is temporarily lost from intoxication, or unconsciousness arising from use of drugs or other cause, or sleep, is rape.”
What’s Juvenile Court? • The court for prosecution of delinquent children (16 and under)and unruly children (17 and under). • The court for protection of abused and neglected children (17 and under).
Juvenile Crime Can Lead To: • Prosecution in Superior Court: • For Defendants Age 13 and above, automatic for serious crimes, such as murder, armed robbery, and aggravated child molestation. • Juvenile Court Can Transfer Repeat Offenders. • Juveniles convicted of 3 prior burglaries will be prosecuted in Superior Court. CONVICTION IN SUPERIOR COURT= ADULT TIME!!!!!!!
“Once I Turn 17, Juvenile Court Won’t Have Any Control Over Me.” False.
Juvenile Crime Can Result In: • Treatment as a “Designated Felon” • These guys get up to FIVE YEARS in the YDC, a MINIMUM of one year YDC. • “Designated Felony” Crimes Include: • 2nd possession of pistol by a minor. • Battery on a teacher. • Gang involvement. • Carrying a weapon on School Property • 2nd theft of a car. • 4th felony act.
Restitution • A juvenile who damages property can be ordered to repay the victim. • The victim can sue the offender AND THE OFFENDER’S PARENTS. • THAT DEBT CAN FOLLOW YOU AROUND FOR A LONG, LONG TIME.
Juvenile Court Records • Normally Confidential, But: • Traffic Offenses Are Public Records. • Schools Have Access to Juvenile Arrest Records. • Court Must Release Name of Two-Time Juvenile Delinquents.
“I Don’t Have to Obey My Parents” • The Juvenile Court can help parents with “Unruly” Children who simply won’t behave or who run away. • In tough cases, we will send those children to a detention facility for a period of time or possibly a long-term “group home.”
“I’m Not Responsible for My Child’s Actions” • Parents can be sued for damage intentionally caused by their children. • The juvenile courts can require parents’ assistance and can fine or jail parents who do not cooperate. • Parents who do not ensure their children attend school can be prosecuted and fined. FALSE
Woman charged with giving alcohol to teensTwo boys treated at hospital for alcohol poisoningBY ELAINE VAN DEVELDEStaff WriterMIDDLETOWN — Two cases of teen alcohol poisoning led to the Dec. 22 arrest of a Port Monmouth mother, who faces multiple charges in connection with supplying alcohol to the teens. Police charged 40-year-old Susan Rapoza, 372 Main St., Port Monmouth, with six counts of maintaining a nuisance, three counts of disorderly conduct, and three counts of providing alcohol to minors on Dec. 22. Rapoza was released to her own recognizance last week. The charges came after the parents of two township 15-year-olds, who nearly died from alcohol poisoning, reported to police that Rapoza allegedly provided the alcohol that caused the boys to be hospitalized after a Dec. 12 party at Rapoza’s home. The charges filed against Rapoza reflect the number of juveniles she allegedly supplied with alcohol, police said. The case is under investigation and more charges may be filed in the future, township police Detective Kelly Godley said.
Mother arrested after teen party FAILED TO SEEK AID FOR HURT GUEST, ALLOWED DRINKING, POLICE ALLEGE By Kim Vo, Sean Webby and Matthai Chakko Kuruvila Mercury News A teenager had been beaten bloody and unconscious during a house party. ``It's under control,'' 51-year-old Julie Moser allegedly told the Gunn High School students who had been partying -- and drinking -- at her house all evening. She told them the boy was sleeping and she had called for help. Except she hadn't, according to court documents. And when officers arrived the next day, the Palo Alto mother denied that she was even home during the Oct. 9 party. On Thursday, Moser was charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors, child endangerment and dissuading a witness from talking with police, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Leigh Frazier. Police said she knew about the fight and that teens were drinking alcohol during a party at Moser's Cherry Oaks Place home, but she did nothing to stop either.
“The School Can’t Punish Me For Stuff I Do On My Own Time” False!!!!
OCGA 20-2-768 • A School System May Refuse to Enroll or Readmit A Student Who Has Been Suspended or Expelled After Being Charged with A FELONY. • Whether On-Campus or Off.
School Safety Zones(within 1000 feet of school) • Illegal to have a weapon. 2-10 year sentence for adults. • Increased Sentences for other offenses. • Crimes that would otherwise be misdemeanors may be considered felonies.
Juvenile Rights • Juveniles in school can be searched by school personnel. • Otherwise, juveniles have most of the same rights as adults. • The right to remain silent • The right to an attorney • The right to a trial when charged with a crime
Cherokee students say recent crimes not representative of school Saturday, April 3, 2004 10:01 PM ESTBy Sarah E. Alexander Cherokee Tribune Staff WriterIt's been two months since five Cherokee High School students were arrested on charges they beat and robbed Hispanic day laborers. It's been nearly a month since two more students were arrested on the same charges.The news shocked classmates, including members of the Student Diversity Committee, who met last week to talk about how they've been affected by the case and how they are coping.Junior Charles West, 16, son of Charles and Jacqueline West of Canton, said he hopes people in the community don't judge all students based on the charges.
BEHAVE YOURSELF! Judge Tom C. Rawlings Juvenile Courts Middle Judicial Circuit Sandersville, GA (478) 553-0012 Tom@sandersville.net