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Children between the ages of 6 and 18 are required by law to go to school. If a minor fails to attend school for any unjustified reason, it is considered truancy and is punishable by juvenile court. Truancy, or chronic absenteeism, is currently at the crisis level in the state of California. More and more minors are skipping school and violating truancy laws. These attendance issues threaten the educational system, youth safety, and academic futures. Some key causes of truancy typically include poverty, substance abuse and mental instability.
The juvenile court can issue citations to minors for violating truancy law. Possible punishments include probation, a court mandated curfew, a monetary fine, community service, or a juvenile hall sentence.
In addition, the School Attendance Review Board and District Attorney's Office may find the minor's parents to be partially at fault for the truancy. The parents or parent may then also be charged with a misdemeanor and subsequent penalties.
Juveniles charged with truancy can benefit from having assistance from an experienced juvenile law attorney. Some charges may stay on a child's record and follow them into adulthood, thus affecting the rest of their life. An attorney can help defend the rights of the minor and can either get the charge dropped or get the penalties reduced. This could make a major difference in the future of the child.
If your child has been charged with truancy, call Attorney Search Network today. Attorney Search Network can refer you to a juvenile lawyer who has a record of success in the juvenile criminal defense system.
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