1. The minimum age for drinking in California is
2. Minors may drink at private parties as long as
a person age 21 or older is present.
3. An adult may face criminal charges for
providing teen-agers with alcohol.
4. Drug offenses may result in delay of a
youngster's obtaining or suspension of an existing driver's
5. Possession of just 2 ounces of marijuana
normally will result in a $100 fine.
6. Selling drugs in a school yard is a serious
crime, but youngsters under 18 will never be sent to state prison.
7. Withdrawn moods and secret telephone calls
should alert parents to drug problems.
8. Getting "high" on drugs in the privacy of
your home is not a crime.
9. In custody situations, the child's wishes
are always granted.
10. If a child is deemed unruly, a court may
assume custody and remove the child from the home.
11. Parents have no legal right to wages earned
by their child.
12. Carrying one or more of 135 controlled
substances may result in a felony charge.
13. Only federal laws apply to children and possession
of illegal drugs.
14. Failure to provide adequate food, clothing
and shelter for children may lead to criminal prosecution against
15. A father not married to the mother of his
child may not be compelled to contribute to the child's general
16. Parents may be held liable for their
children's actions, but cannot be charged with contributing to the
delinquency of a minor child of their own.
17. A person under 18 who induces another minor
into using drugs can only be punished with a fine.
18. If a child is killed or injured, parents are
entitled to bring a lawsuit to recover costs such as medical or
funeral expenses from the person responsible.
19. Grades, diplomas and transcripts may be
withheld until parents reimburse schools for property damaged or
stolen by their child.
20. If a child steals from a store, parents may
be held liable up to $10,000.