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Can a senior prank land you in hot water with the law?

High school students often think they have a firm grasp of the world; however, they don't always make the best decisions.

A senior prank can quickly land you in hot water with the law, so you need to think twice before you do anything. Here are five ways that a prank can go well beyond funny, crossing into illegal territory:

  • Theft. If you steal anything to put the wheels in motion, you could be charged with theft.
  • Vandalism. It's possible that school property could be damaged during the prank. For example, using graffiti could be considered vandalism.
  • Trespassing. Many pranks come into play before or after school hours, which can lead to a charge of trespassing.
  • Burglary. For example, breaking into the school before the doors open can result in a serious criminal charge.
  • Disorderly conduct. There is a chance that your prank will interrupt others, such as students and the general public.

Let's face it: Most students planning a prank are doing so with the idea that it will be funny. They don't have any intentions of harming anyone. Unfortunately, the best laid plans can take a turn for the worst.

If you find yourself in trouble with the law as the result of a senior prank, it's imperative to understand what went wrong, the charges and how to defend yourself. As a parent of a high school student, you may need to step in and provide some assistance.

Once you have a clear idea of what happened, it's easier to understand the legal ramifications and what to do next.

Source: FindLaw, "7 Ways Senior Pranks Can Get You Arrested," Betty Wang, accessed Feb. 07, 2018

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