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Engaging in Brawls and Bullying at School Has Serious Consequences for Your Child

Posted on in Criminal Defense

bullying, bullying at school, San Jose criminal defense attorney,  school violence, juvenile criminal offensesChildren have long found reasons for picking on one another and getting into fights at school. In light of the spate of tragic shootings, students who act out or engage in violent behavior face serious consequences. If your child has been accused of bullying or any type of violent crime on school grounds, it is a matter you need to take seriously. In addition to being expelled from the district, he or she could face criminal charges.

Bullying and other Aggressive Behaviors

According to StopBullying.gov, a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), one out of every three children experiences some sort of bullying at school or while attending school-related functions. Bullying is most prevalent among middle schoolers, but can impact both older and younger students as well. Common types of bullying include:

  • Name calling and other forms of verbal harassment;
  • Spreading false rumor meant to humiliate or ruin the person’s reputation;
  • Stealing from other students or damaging property;
  • Making sexual comments or gestures;
  • Pushing and shoving other students; and
  • Getting into physical brawls.

As many as 30 percent of all students admit to bullying others or getting into fights at school. In terms of the type of student that initiates bullying and school violence, the profile of the isolated or disturbed loner is a stereotype. HHS reports that while some bullies may be socially awkward or have a past history of being bullied, others perform well at school and enjoy popularity among their peers.

Juvenile Charges Related To Bullying and School Violence 

Santa Clara County schools take a strong stance against bullying and school violence. While there are positive interventions in place, students can be expelled for repeated poor behavior and for threatening the safety of classmates. In addition, these students may also face criminal charges. 

The California Legislative Analyst’s office states that juveniles can face three types of offenses:

  • Infractions: These involve minor crimes, such as intimidating other students or disrupting classes. Punishment generally includes fines.
  • Misdemeanor charges: These are more serious charges that generally require the child to appear in court. Often used in cases involving minor assault and damage to property, they can result in fines and detention at a juvenile facility is possible.
  • Felony charges: These are the most serious charges under California law, involving violent assaults and those involving weapons. Your child may be held in a juvenile facility until his or her court date and depending on the seriousness of the crime, could be facing a potential jail sentence.

In addition to potential criminal penalties, misdemeanor and felony charges could remain on your child’s record, preventing him or her from obtaining students loans or working in certain fields.

Contact Us Today for Help

Hasty actions your child takes can impact their future. If he or she has been accused of bullying or acts of violence at school, it is important to consult with an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney to discuss the potential consequence. Reach and contact Jachimowicz Law Group to request a consultation in our office today.

Sources:

https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html

https://www.sccoe.org/depts/schoolhealth/Pages/Bullying-Prevention.aspx

http://www.lao.ca.gov/1995/050195_juv_crime/kkpart1.aspx#whatis

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