The most common definition of a status offense is an action that is prohibited to a certain class of people, and most often applied to offenses committed by minors. Examples of a status offense committed by juveniles are truancy, possession and consumption of alcohol, curfew violations, and the purchasing of cigarettes. In this way, status offenses are most commonly considered to be actions that are deemed harmful to minors. The court may pursue criminal charges against a juvenile accused of committing a status offense, especially if that minor has been warned in the past of committing such actions.
If your child has been wrongfully charged with a status offense, contact The Law Offices of Daniel J. Brazil, P.A. at 612-874-6109 for a free consultation.