What Are You Doing for Spring Break?

“The best way to remain in charge of your own life is to know the law and obey it.” –Judge Alexander and Judge Wolfe. Unsupervised teenagers sometimes wind up in juvenile court.  That is not a good place to be during Spring Break.  “I wasn’t doing anything…” those are often the first words of a juvenile defendant…and nothing good comes after those words when the story is told in the courtroom.  “We were just hanging out…” then the trouble begins. What you fail to learn at home you can get in the juvenile justice system:  discipline and something to do with your time.  You do not have to live with your parents—the Juvenile Justice System will feed you, and give you clothes, housing, and activities—but that may not be your first choice of lifestyle. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with numerous youth organizations and sponsors, offers a booklet, “Know the Law, A Guide for Youth & Parents,” available online at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/parents/Know_the_Law.pdf.  It is easy to read and a lot shorter than Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Have a safe and happy Spring Break!   Read More

Egging Felony

Egging a car can be a felony.  If the paint on the car is damaged, the cost could be more than $1,000 to repair, and Halloween high jinks can result in jail time. Trick-or-treating is tough if you are behind bars.  The St. Johns County School District offers a free online link to a guide about the law for youth and parents at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/parents/know_the_law.pdf.   Read More

When ‘Outstanding’ is a Bad Thing

Everybody wants to feel wanted, unless you are wanted by law enforcement.  An outstanding warrant for your arrest is not exactly the high mark on your resume. Sheriff David Shoar of St. Johns County recently printed a directory of “Wanted Ads” in The St. Augustine Record.  He is asking the public to act as a “force multiplier.”  Make your tax dollars go a little farther by “being an extra set of eyes and ears” and giving information on the whereabouts of individuals with outstanding arrest warrants. Not to worry if you missed the print edition of the wanted directory.  This information is also online on the Sheriff’s Office website at http://www.sjso.org/wanted/indexwanted.aspx (with access to FDLE Sexual Predator and Offender database as well). Help keep our community safe by working in partnership with St. Johns Sheriff’s Office.  You can call that office at (904) 824-8304 with information on anyone listed as having an outstanding arrest warrant. If you find yourself on that wanted list, you may turn yourself in any time day or night at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office located at 4015 Lewis Speedway in St. Augustine. Read More

Criminal Mischief

Criminal mischief becomes a felony at $1,000.  Criminal Mischief is when you damage someone’s property on purpose.  If that damage exceeds $1,000, you can be looking at probation or more than one year in a commitment facility.  Trick-or-treating is tough if you are behind bars. Egging a car can be a felony.  If the paint on the car is damaged, the cost could be more than $1,000 to repair.  Thus Halloween high jinks can result in jail time. For a guide about the law for youth and parents, go to http://www.sjso.org/media/Know%20the%20Law%20Booklet.pdf.  Ignorant does not equal innocent, even if you are underage. Have a Safe and Happy Halloween. Read More