Graduating seniors love to pull pranks, but sometimes they can go too far. Recently, a prank at Frisco Memorial High School caused extensive damage to the school and led to the cancellation of classes for the rest of the year. (Sabes)

Frisco seniors have a gigantic bill for damaging senior stunt

The cost is high, with paint on the walls, furniture destroyed, fire extinguishers discharged throughout the campus, and more. -Frisco ISD Administrator

For over 300 or more Frisco Memorial High School Seniors, their new life could begin with a criminal mischief charge that includes hefty fines for their parents.

Image of the front side of Frisco Memorial High School campus. Source:

Some graduating seniors in Frisco Memorial High School got approval for a senior prank from the Frisco Independent School District. But instead of a prank, they vandalized the campus and got the police and fire departments involved.

According to Frisco Police, many of the students will be facing juvenile criminal charges.

Juvenile crime can have serious consequences. 

As a society, we often view juvenile crime as something that is not as serious as an adult crime. However, the consequences of a juvenile crime can be just as severe, if not more so.

What Is Juvenile Crime?

In Texas, judges try anyone under 18 and between 10 and 17 who commits a crime as a juvenile. In Texas, judges try anyone under 18 and between 10 and 17 who commits a crime as a juvenile. At 17, any future criminal charges will go through adult court.

You And Your Teen Need Help?

As soon as you become aware that your child was arrested or is suspected of engaging in delinquent behavior, it’s important to call a criminal defense lawyer

Juvenile crime is when a youth does illegal or dangerous acts. 

These crimes are committed impulsively by a teenager or children trying to see how much they can get away with without getting caught.

Some examples of juvenile crime include:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Intentional damage to property
  • Graffiti offenses
  • Arson
  • Vandalism

What Are The Different Types Of Juvenile Crime?

There are three main types of juvenile crime; property, violence, and status offenses.

  • Property offenses include crimes committed against property, such as vandalism, graffiti, and arson.
  • Violent offenses are any crimes that involve violence that can include assault, robbery, and murder.
  • Status offenses include truancy, running away, and curfew violations.

What Are The Different Types Of Consequences of Juvenile Criminal Mischief?

  • Conviction: Courts can convict a juvenile over the age of 16. They may receive a criminal charge and a sentence of probation, supervision in the community, or confinement in a juvenile facility. If convicted, a sentencing judge may impose a term of 2 days to 2 years imprisonment.
  • Fines: Fines of up to $1,000.
  • Restitution: A court may order the juvenile to pay restitution to their victim.
  • Theft: Misdemeanor theft and Felony theft
    • For misdemeanor theft, a fine of $1,000, and restitution. 
    • For felony theft, a judge will send the child to state prison instead of the juvenile facility.

What Are Punishments For Criminal Mischief Crimes?

Punishments may include:

  • Court-ordered restitution
  • Short-term imprisonment
  • Denial of specified privileges
  • Work release
  • Curfew
  • Incarceration

Factors Considered In A Juvenile Criminal Mischief Case are:

  • The mental state of the accused
  • The seriousness of the offense
  • The potential for rehabilitation

Additionally, punishment for criminal mischief crimes varies depending on the severity of the crime committed and what type of property the destroyed property.

“Bad things happen to good people.”

Scott Edgett, Founding Attorney

Scott Edgett, Founding Attorney

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If your child was arrested or detained in Collin County, don’t take a chance on their future. Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer increases the chances of resolving your case successfully.

To learn more about how our experienced Frisco juvenile crimes lawyer can help, call the Edgett Law Firm for a 100% free consultation today.

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