Consequences of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

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Is contributing to the delinquency of a minor a felony or a misdemeanor?
11/21/2007   |   Category: Criminal   |   State: Arkansas   |   #12647


The following is an Arkansas statute:

5-27-220. Contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

(a) A person is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor if the person willfully causes, aids, or encourages any minor to do or perform any act which, if done or performed, would make the minor a delinquent juvenile or juvenile in need of supervision within the meaning of this section and the Arkansas Juvenile Code of 1989, § 9-27-301 et seq.

(b) A judge may issue a bench warrant for the arrest of an adult in which there is probable cause to believe the adult is committing an offense under this section, returnable to either the district court or the circuit court of the county where the offense was committed.

(c) Any indictment or information under this section shall state the specific act the defendant is alleged to have committed.

(1) Any person convicted of a violation of this section may be punished as provided for a Class A misdemeanor.

(2) However, the court may suspend or postpone enforcement of any part of the sentence or fine levied under this section if in the judgment of the court the suspension or postponement is in the best interest of the minor that was caused, aided, or encouraged.

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