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5 Common Juvenile Crimes

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Criminal Defense, Juviniles | 0 comments

They say that the “Youth is the hope of the future.” For this reason, they are given the best education and sent to the best schools. But what if the so-called “future generation” is the one who is destroying their future by committing a wide range of crimes. According to the website of Flaherty Defense Firm, juvenile crimes can have lifelong consequences.

The website of Alexander & Associates revealed that conviction and criminal accusations can ruin a young person’s life. As parents, it is important to understand the common crimes that juvenile offenders commonly commit. Here we will list down 5 of the top juvenile crimes:

  1. Petty Theft/Larceny 6
    Petty Theft is considered as a misdemeanor offense and involves inexpensive goods, such as stealing apparel from a store or $50 from an employer. Sixth degree larceny, on the other hand, involves a property or service amounting to $500 or less. It is considered as a Class C misdemeanor.
  2. Vandalism
    Vandalism involves various activities such as breaking windows, keying cars, or tagging structures with paint or other forms of graffiti. As long as you do not own a property or does not have the permission of the owner, any damage to property is vandalism, which could mean a fine of more than $500.
  3. Alcohol Offenses
    Even though they are minors, juvenile offenders can still be criminally liable and if convicted, can be imprisoned, pay fines, or enrolled in diversion programs (supervised counseling which means dropped charges for those who will participate). Alcohol offense may also mean community service for several hours. State laws punish both the provider and the offender.
  4. Disorderly Conduct
    In most states, children more than 14 years old are regarded as already capable of criminal intent. Most cases of disorderly conduct involving offenders 14 to 18 years old are adjudicated in juvenile court. However, there are instances when the youth offender can be tried in an adult criminal court.
  5. Simple Assault & Battery
    This offense may include causing injury to another individual, attempting to cause injury to another person, threatening, or putting another person in fear of imminent harm.
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What Conviction Can Do To Your Military Career?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Criminal Defense, Military | 0 comments

As a member of the military, so much is expected of soldiers. They are screened and have to pass a rigorous standard when it comes to moral character. Aside from the initial screening, the applicant also undergoes a background check and a computer search for any criminal record. As such, getting convicted for any crime can have serious consequences on your military career.

According to the website of Flaherty Defense Firm, a criminal charge can leave your military career in limbo as well as possible dismissal from the service. Aside from being charged in a military court, you will also be tried in a civilian court. Your charges will be just like the penalties given to civilians aside from the sanctions or possible dismissal that the military court will impose on you.

When convicted of a crime, you will first be tried in a court martial, which is the equivalent of a criminal court in non-military convictions. As the accused, you will still be afforded your Constitutional and customary rights such as right to counsel, right to present evidence, right to confront witness, right to remain silent, right to a guilty or not guilty plea, right to a jury, and due process.

In a court martial, it is the finder of fact which will determine whether the military personnel is guilty or not guilty. If deemed guilty , they will also be the one to determine the punishment. The finder of fact can be a military judge or a panel of senior officers and enlisted soldiers. The accused has the right to choose the members of the panel.

As for the determination of punishment, the panel votes in secret and 66% vote or greater is needed for conviction. If convicted, the case proceeds to the Sentencing phase where the accused can once again present evidence and witnesses. The conviction can have possible consequences which can be any of the following:

Involuntary Separation

The convicted soldier will be subjected to separation under Army Regulation 635-200 for Enlisted Soldiers and 600-8-24 for Officers.
General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand (GOMOR)
The reprimand is usually issued to soldiers charged for alleged misconduct. The accused has the right to defend himself against such allegations.

Tab Revocation

Various service schools award tabs or badges to outstanding performers. A conviction in the military could lead to a revocation of any badges that the soldier has received.

Security Clearance Revocation

Alleged misconduct will result to a suspension of security clearance. This means that you will not be able to do your job or access your computer or files.

Relief for Cause

Conviction will also result to the soldier being fired from a position they are holding as well as a negative Evaluation Report or a Referred Report

Demotion in Rank

The accused will also be demoted in their rank for inefficiency or other reasons

Loss of Driving Privileges

When the soldier is convicted, they will also lose their driving privilege on a military base.

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