Leavers WA 2019 will be held from Monday 18 November to Thursday 21 November. Whilst this is an opportunity for Year 12 students to celebrate the end of their schooling with their friends, it is also a time when young people can get into trouble.
The following legal issues are common during Leavers:
In WA, there are very harsh penalties for drug offences, including imprisonment.
You can be charged with supplying drugs if you share drugs with friends or even if you are just holding onto drugs on behalf of your friends. If you are 18 or over and you are convicted of selling or supplying a drug to a minor, you will be sentenced you to a term of imprisonment.
A criminal record for drug offences can make it difficult for you to get a job or to travel to certain countries.
In WA, it is an offence to:
- Buy alcohol if you are under 18;
- Drink alcohol in a public place;
- Ask your friend to get alcohol if you know they are under 18; or
Use a fake ID to try and buy alcohol.
These offences can result in a fine of up to $2,000.
It is also an offence if you give alcohol to someone under 18 and do not supervise their drinking. This can result in a fine of up to $10,000.
Sex without Consent
In WA, the legal age of consent is 16 years. This means that if you have sex with a person who is under 16 you are committing a crime.
If someone is over the age of 16, you must obtain their consent before having sex with them. Consent must be given freely and voluntarily. A person cannot consent if they are asleep, unconscious or intoxicated.
Sexual penetration without consent is a very serious crime which can result in up to 20 years jail for adults or up to 7 years jail for people under 18.
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