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Contribution to Delinquency and Dependency of a Minor: Punishable by Law


Contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a minor is a serious offense in the state of Arizona. According to A.R.S. § 13-3612, “delinquency” is defined as “any act that tends to debase or injure the morals, health or welfare of a child [or dependent person].” This Class 1 Misdemeanor has varying consequences depending on the magnitude of the crime. Usually contributing to a minor’s delinquency or dependency is accompanied by other crimes and all criminal charges, past and present, will be considered when determining a final sentence. A sentence for even the most serious of crimes can be greatly reduced with the help of an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Mesa Arizona residents trust, such as Charlie Naegle. Charlie Naegle is prepared to fight for your freedoms and help you get your life back on track following a severe criminal sentence.

A “dependent” is defined in many ways, under A.R.S. § 13-3612. The primary definition for a dependent person in this case is any person who is under 18 years old who is a beggar, hobo, prostitute, user of hard drugs, or one whose parent or legal guardian does not or cannot provide for the minor. To sum up the kind of person in question, the legislation offers this definition: a person under 18 years of age “who from any cause is in danger of growing up to lead an idle, dissolute or immoral life.” Any such person is a danger to themselves and society. Any person who is an accomplice to this type of human life will face serious consequences.

Some individuals who are charged with contributing to the delinquency or dependency of a minor have done so unintentionally. However, Arizona courts will hold legal guardians and parents accountable for the wellbeing of a minor under their care, and punish any and all persons caught encouraging a delinquent minor’s behavior. This Class 1 Misdemeanor may cause significant damage to your future, including courts deeming you unfit as a parent. There will also be significant consequences for the minor in question.

Working with a Criminal Defense Attorney Mesa Arizona

If you have been charged with Contribution to the Delinquency or Dependency of a Minor, contact Naegle & Crider Criminal Defense Attorneys today. You will speak directly with Charlie Naegle, a successful Criminal Defense Attorney Mesa Arizona residents know and trust. Take advantage of our free anytime, anywhere phone consultation by calling (480) 378-9000 to get all your legal questions answered right away. Charlie will fight to reduce your charges and help you work towards a brighter future.

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