I was given a misdemeanor citation for contributing to delinquency of a minor tonight after being called by my daughter on my way home from work at 7pm, she is 15 almost 16, because our condo neighbor called the police because she and her boyfriend who is usually a mild and polite young man were having a loud argument.
My daughter called me and I was just 5 min. from home and I spoke to her and the policeman who said he had to remain at our house till I arrived because she was a minor in a domestic dispute.
When I arrived they had apparently found an unopened 12 pack of beer in our closet and also had searched her room and found two packs of cigarettes. Her boyfriend had admitted to buying the beer to take to his college dorm room later for a party and neither had opened or drank any. The policemen (2) said they were going to their vehicles to write a citation for the boyfriend and possibly one for my daughter. One hour later they did come back with those citations but also one for me for contributing to the delenquincy of a minor.
I am a single mom holding down two jobs however I am very, very involved with my daughters school, friends, problems and overall well-being. She is an A and B student and they know me very well at her high school.
The reason they stated I was being charged was because they asked if I knew my daughter smoked cigarettes and I said yes. I tried to explain that the reason I knew this was because she had received 2 citations at school this year for smoking cigarettes. They cut my explanation off and said they had all they needed.
I am stunned. Tonight I've read on the internet about this charge and I can't believe what I seem to be facing. Of course my daughter is grounded and her boyfriend is now off limits. But it seems to me that i'm in a horribly humiliating and expensive situation now. What will happen to me and my child now because of this?