It is your responsibility to know the law. Ignorance does not equal innocence. This guide was created as an aid in understanding more about the laws against criminal behavior, how they apply to you, and the potential consequences for breaking them. Knowing the law can help in making good decisions about your education, your job or your behavior. It will also help you to understand your rights, meet your responsibilities and respect yourself and others.

While every attempt has been made to include current, accurate information about the law, it is intended only as a guide. The information included is not intended as an authoritative interpretation of the law. Readers should consult with the law enforcement officials, the State Attorney’s Office or an attorney for any specific questions about the law.