I got a call from my child’s school principal today and he informed that my child had altered the date on a dr’s note allowing himself an extra day out of school and they had notified the clinic where the note was written and that it was up to them on whether or not they would file charges. Can they file charges and if so how serious are they?
A crime is a crime, regardless of the age of the perpetrator. Of course, if your son is a minor (which I assume), his punishment would likely be different.
I wouldn't expect criminal charges to come from this. The principal is just dropping that hint to make you and your son realize how serious this could be. And it's not a completely idle threat -- the doctor's office certainly does have the right to file charges if they want.
Yes they can turn him in for charges to be filed and they can be serious depending on what is charged and your child's age. If your child is over 18 then they will be charged as an adult with an adult crime and it will move through the adult system. If your child is under 18 then they can be charged with the same crime but it will move through the juvenile system as a public offense and he will be punished by the Court and possibly referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Either way if charges are brought he will need an attorney throughout all Court proceedings.
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