Children & the Law

It is important that both parents and youth be aware of the consequences connected with violations of the law. This brochure provides you with information regarding law violations that often bring young people into contact with the police and the court system.

There are consequences for violations of the law. Your child’s age determines whether the juvenile court or local and county criminal courts have jurisdiction.

We urge you to take a few moments to become familiar with the information included here.

The Royal Oak Community Coalition and the Royal Oak Police Department are striving to create a safe, substance abuse free environment within which our youth may achieve their maximum potential. Do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you or your family in any way.

Contact Royal Oak Community Coalition


Churchill Community Education Center
707 Girard Avenue
Royal Oak MI 48073
Phone: 248-588-5050, ext. 229
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Child & the Law Brochure


The following brochure, which was a cooperative effort by the Royal Oak Community Coalition and the Royal Oak Police Department, provides you with information regarding law violations that often bring young people into contact with the police and the court system. Download and print the brochure (PDF).


Community Resources


Raising a child in today’s world is difficult. Children may experience various emotional and behavioral problems as they grow. It is important to intervene early when problems are most easily solved. Some resources to consider are: school counselors and social workers, clergy, community counseling services, the school Student Assistance program, and self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon and Families Anonymous.

Other Community Resources:
  • Royal Oak Youth Assistance - Phone: 248-546-8282
  • Oakland County Probate Court
    • Juvenile Information - Phone: 248-858-0112
    • Status Offenses - Phone: 248-858-0227
  • Common Ground Sanctuary Crisis Hotline - Phone: 248-456-0909
  • Runaway Shelter and Transitional Living
    • 10-17 year olds - Phone: 248-547-2260
    • 16-20 year olds - Phone: 248-399-9795
  • Haven
    • Domestic and Sexual Abuse Shelter and Services - Phone: 248-344-1284
    • 24 hour Crisis Hotline - Phone: 248-334-1274
  • Royal Oak Police Department - Phone: 248-246-3500
  • High School Police Liasion - Phone: 248-246-3426
  • Community Policing/School Liasion - Phone: 248-246-3426

Parental Responsibility Ordinance


In Royal Oak, this ordinance requires parent(s) of a child (under 17) to exercise reasonable control over their child to prevent them from committing any delinquent act. Civil fines ranging from $100 - $500. For a look at the complete ordinance read Ordinance 2006-10 online.