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Teens Livestream Ice Cream Theft, Get Arrested

Hey everyone! Watch me break the law! If two boys commit a crime but no one is watching, did it really happen? Perhaps not, which is why two teenage boys had the bright idea to film and livestream their illegal ice cream stealing escapade. Unsurprisingly, the video landed them in juvenile court. The Robin Hood of Ice Cream Two 16-year-old boys, unidentified because of their age, used Periscope, a smartphone app, to livestream themselves breaking into a semi trailer filled with ice cream. A viewer of the livestream notified the police and gave them enough information to track the two boys down. Police quickly found the boys and arrested them after they admitted to stealing the ice cream and leaving them on neighbors' porches as gifts Periscope Solves the Crime Do you remember how the bad guys in the show Scooby-Do always say, "I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids!"? Well, these boys probably would have gotten away with the ice-capade if it weren't for their phone and the Periscope app. Periscope allows users to record and upload videos online simultaneously. The videos are posted on the site's website for 24 hours after a livestream, then deleted from the company's servers. The app also allows users to geo-tag their location to share with followers on Twitter and Periscope. If only all criminals used Periscope. The police would have a field day. Juvenile Punishments As for the two boys, they'll be answering for their crimes in juvenile court. When minors are involved in crimes, they usually go to juvenile court, unless they committed particularly serious crimes and are charged as adults. In many ways, juvenile court procedures differ from normal criminal courts. In juvenile court, crimes are actually called delinquent acts, and the punishments are more creative. Rather than simply sentencing minors to jail, juvenile court judges can order fines, restitution, counseling, probation, community service, or a diversion program. Once minors have complied with the judges' orders, their records are almost always sealed and expunged when the minor turns 18. Hopefully, these two boys learn their lesson and don't livestream any more stupid acts of childhood mischief. Related Resources: Utah Teens Arrested After Livestreaming Ice Cream Theft on Periscope (NBC News) Minor Crime Is a Major Ordeal (FindLaw's Learn About The Law) Boy, 13, Charged as Adult Based on Size of Genitals: Report (FindLaw's Legally Weird) Do Juveniles Get Jury Trials? (FindLaw's Blotter)
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What Counts as Community Service?

In criminal cases, criminal offenders are sometimes ordered to perform community service in exchange for a reduction of fines or term of imprisonment. But the exact nature of this community service is not always specified by the court. This can lead to disputes regarding what actually suffices for community service by a criminal offender. In one recent example, actress Lindsay Lohan may be facing jail time after she tried to count socializing with fans toward the 80 hours of community service she was ordered to perform for a reckless driving charge in 2012, reports Time. Prosecutors are arguing that Lohan's meeting with fans should not be counted towards her required community service. So what does typically count as community service? General Requirements Community service rules and procedures vary by state, but community service obligations will commonly be related to the type of offense a person is charged with. Court-ordered community service must also typically be of some benefit to society, by providing restitution for a person's crimes, serving as a deterrent to others, or a combination of the two. An offender's community service will be monitored by the court to ensure that the offender meets the requirements ordered by the judge. The court will typically require a person serving community service to maintain records of the amount and type of service he or she has performed. Types of Community Service There are many different types of activities that may be ordered as community service, including picking up trash on the side of the highway and working with local non-profit groups. Here are just a few examples from some recent high-profile cases: In a previous incident in which Lohan was found to have violated her probation, the actress was ordered to serve community service at a women's homeless shelter and at the Los Angeles County morgue. Rapper Kanye West was able to cut a plea deal in his misdemeanor battery case in which the rapper was ordered to serve 250 hours of community service teaching classes at the L.A. Trade Technical College. One Ohio judge has made a name for himself through his use of public shaming as a form of community service. His orders have included ordering a man who posed as a Salvation Army bell ringer in order to steal money to perform 400 hours of community service while wearing a Santa hat and ordering an 18-year-old who stole from a porn shop to sit outside, blindfolded, while holding a sign reading "see no evil." If you have questions about community service in lieu of or in addition to reduced criminal penalties, a criminal defense attorney can explain your legal options. You can also learn more about community service and other types of alternative sentences at FindLaw's section on Sentencing. Related Resources: Browse Criminal Defense Lawyers by Location (FindLaw) House Arrest and the Top 5 Alternatives to Jail (FindLaw's Blotter) Katt Williams Sentenced to Community Service for Evading Police (FindLaw's Celebrity Justice) UFO Hoaxers Hit with Fines and Community Service in NJ (FindLaw's Legal Grounds)
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