Arrowhead Justice Court Precinct

Make winter break for students a pleasant experience – Craig Wismer / Peoria Times

December 9th, 2016 – I’m not in the habit of writing advice columns concerning matters involving the courts, but that is exactly what I am doing in this instance.

I serve as the Justice of the Peace and Juvenile Hearing Officer for the Arrowhead Justice Court, the boundaries of which include much of the City of Peoria, all of Sun City and a portion of northern Glendale. It also includes the Loop 101 Freeway from 51st to Northern avenues.

Very soon, high school classes in these areas will adjourn for winter break, meaning the students will be out of session for one to two weeks. That being the case, with the extra free time on their hands, there is an increased possibility that some of them may run afoul of the law and be cited for criminal offenses. Some of the more common examples include: criminal speeding, whether on the highway or in a neighborhood; aggressive driving; reckless driving; underage possession and consumption of liquor; underage possession of a tobacco product or vaping device; refusing orders to leave city parks after they closed for the night; and violating curfew ordinances. These charges range from petty offenses to Class 1 misdemeanors….  Read the rest on