If you need to have a great example for showing your kids that crime truly doesn’t pay, we’re here to help you by listing some typical-and not-so-typical juvenile court fines. In this article, we’ve included the charges for fines for some of the more frequently-committed juvenile crimes.
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• A DUI charge that involves drugs or alcohol and bodily injury comes with a hefty $757 fine and a mandatory court appearance.
• An open container of alcohol in a vehicle and/or consumption of alcohol brings with it a $97 fine, and it will run $47 to drive around with automobile lights on bright or not have lights on at all when appropriate.
• Following too closely in a vehicle will cost you (or your juvenile) $57.
• Leaving the scene of an accident where there are injuries costs $192, and that’s just the fine paid to the court. All the other problems involved in a hit-and-run will be even worse.
• Littering or throwing a burning substance each come with a $132 price tag.
• Did you realize that driving over a fire hose is an infraction that could cost $207? Don’t feel too bad. Most other people probably don’t know that, either.
• There are some interesting bicycle violation fines, too. Being involved in a speeding contest may cost $48. Also, don’t ride a bike attached to a moving vehicle on a highway. Aside from the potential physical consequences, that violation comes with a $48 fine.
• If your child likes to fish, be sure he leaves the house accompanied by a license. An official fishing license is a lot less expensive than a $93 fine. Don’t let him use explosives to fish with either. That would cost $93, and possibly an arm or other body part.
While some of these examples might make you chuckle, ultimately we hope that you will share this information with your kids to remind them that following the law is their best choice. Paying juvenile court fines isn’t pleasant for you or your children. We know that some kids will make other choices in spite of your best efforts, though, and that is why there are Utah juvenile defense attorneys who will help you with any legal questions you may have.