Top 25
Crimes, Offenses and Violations
Top 25
Crimes, Offenses and Violations
Referred to Youth Justice Diversion Programs




Typical Cases


Stealing a Bicycle

Stealing from Backpacks and Lockers




Typical Cases

Tagging and Graffiti

Drawing on Public Restroom Walls

Keying a Car and Cutting Auto Tires



Alcohol Offenses

Typical Cases

Underage Purchase or Possession

Underage Consumption of Alcohol

Providing Alcohol to Underage Persons

Possessing an Open Container in Public/Car



Disorderly Conduct

Typical Cases

Fighting in a Public Place

Cursing at a Teacher

Flashing, Mooning and Indecent Exposure



Simple Assault or Battery

Typical Cases

Bullying when it Amounts to Assault

Child/Parent Physical Disagreements

Shoving or Pushing a Person



Possession of Marijuana

Typical Cases

Possessing Small Amounts of Marijuana

Smoking Marijuana in a Public Place



Tobacco Offenses

Typical Cases

Illegally Purchasing Tobacco

Chewing or Smoking Tobacco at School

Providing or Enabling Youth to Use Tobacco



Curfew Violations

Typical Cases

Sneaking Out of Home After Curfew

Walking Home After Curfew

Violating a Park Curfew



School Disciplinary Offense

Typical Cases

Disrupting Class

Food Fights and Cheating

Violating the Dress Code



Traffic Violations

Typical Cases

Speeding or Failing to Yield

Not Wearing a Seat Belt

Riding in the Back of a Pickup Truck




Typical Cases

Cutting Class

Having Excessive Tardies

Violating Court Order to Attend School



Criminal Trespass

Typical Cases

Entering a Vacant Building

Entering Land or a Dwelling Without Permission

Returning to a Store After Being Banned



Mischief/Criminal Nuisance

Typical Cases

Damaging a Mailbox

Egging or Toilet-papering a House

Picking Flowers in a Restricted or Private Area



Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Typical Cases

Having a Pipe in Pocket with Resin

Using Drug Paraphernalia to Use a Controlled Substance

Possessing Drug Paraphernalia to Grow Marijuana




Typical Cases


Making Telephone Calls Without Good Reason

Insulting or Taunting Another Person to Provoke a Disorderly Response.




Typical Cases

Writing Bad Checks

Impersonating Another Person

Committing Fraud Via E-Mail




Typical Cases

Enter Friends or Relatives Homes to Steal Something

Entering a School Building to Steal Something

Entering a Home/School and Causing Damage



False Reporting

Typical Cases

Pulling a Fire Alarm

Calling in False 911 Calls

Calling in a Bomb Threat




Typical Cases

Hanging Out in a Group in Front of a Building

Smoking in Groups on the Street Corner

Being in a Park or Store After Closing



Possession of Stolen Property

Typical Cases

Having a Bicycle you know is Stolen

Receiving Stolen Goods from a Friend

Being in the Company of Someone Who is Stealing



Possession of a Weapon

Typical Cases

Unlawfully Possessing Pepper Spray

Possessing a BB or Pellet Gun While Underage

Carrying Weapons like Metal Knuckles or Nunchucks



Reckless Endangerment

Typical Cases

Throwing Snowballs at Cars

Hanging on to a Moving Car

Speeding Out of a Parking Lot



Resisting an Officer without Violence

Typical Cases

Lying to a Police Officer, including one’s Age

Running Away from Law Enforcement

Refusing to Move When Ordered by an Officer




Typical Cases

Running Away from a Noncustodial Parents House

Going to another City/State when Forbidden by a Parent

Staying at a Friend or Families House without Parent Permission



Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Typical Cases

Driving Without a License

Unlawfully Using All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV’s)

Taking Parents or Friends Car without Permission


Please Note

Local Youth Justice programs referred to as Teen Court, Peer Court, Student Court, Youth Court, Peer Jury and Youth Peer Panels determine which types of crimes, offenses and violations will be accepted in local Youth Justice programs for sentencing and disposition by their peers.  There are considerable discussions which need to take place among local program organizers, partner organizations, referrals sources, elected officials and community leaders prior to determining which types of crimes, offenses and violations will be accepted. Global Youth Justice suggests: (1) Utilizing the Youth Justice publications on the Global Youth Justice Website’s button titled “Publications"; (2) Establish a Referral Committee; and (3) Attend a Global Youth Justice 3-Day Training Institute on Establishing/Enhancing/Expanding a Local Youth Justice Program.

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