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Reality Check Quiz - Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions

Participants complete this quiz as they wait for the program to start .

  1. Because I’m 18, any federal crime I’m convicted of won’t have an impact on the rest of my life.
    True    False
  2. My parents know that my friends and I are going to drink and they want to keep us off the road, so they buy the beer and take us to a federal park where we party and camp overnight. Law enforcement will definitely get involved even if we have parental supervision.
    True    False
  3. I’ve been driving for two years. I’ve never been caught speeding and I’ve never had an accident. I do have quite a few parking tickets in my glove compartment that I’ve never paid. If I ever got stopped, say, on a federal parkway, the worst that could happen is that my insurance rates would go up. 
    True    False
  4. When I go to a bar, I use the fake ID that I bought on the Internet. I have heard that the site could be part of a national ring, but I’m not going to get caught. Even if I do, the worst that will happen is that they’ll take my I.D. and kick me out of the bar.
    True    False
  5. I don’t drink or do drugs, but I go to parties where other guys do. Last Saturday, my best friend’s uncle bought us a keg and brought it across state lines to the party. I may have a problem even though I’m not actually doing the distributing or drinking.
    True    False
  6. I’m on vacation in Colorado, where pot is legal. I bring some home to my state where pot is not legal. If I get caught with it, there is no problem because I bought it in a state where it is legal.
    True    False
  7. Putting graffiti on a government building – like a federal courthouse – is my First Amendment right, even if some people consider my message politically incorrect speech. If I ever did get caught, I would just have to clean it off.
    True    False
  8. I order nutritional supplements off the Internet that I get in the mail. I use them to improve my athletic performance. I need every edge I can get to win a college scholarship. These are pharmaceuticals and not illegal drugs that I’m getting from some street dealer, so I’m okay.
    True    False
  9. I like to take videos at parties and share them on Vimeo. One time we staged a food fight that was a takeoff on the World Wrestling Smack Down. The parents thought we were really fighting. We called the video “Food Fight Club”. I may have legal troubles.
    True    False
  10. If I ever did get convicted of something in federal court, I would just get probation. Probation in the federal system is just a matter of meeting with my probation officer and, maybe, doing drug testing for a few weeks.  
    True    False

Answer Key:

  1. False: A felony conviction affects several important civil rights: you lose the right to vote, the right to hold public office, the right to serve on a jury and the right to possess any type of firearm. In addition, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be subject to deportation or exclusion from the United States and the conviction affects your ability to obtain U.S. citizenship. There are also collateral consequences that can affect your driving privileges and certain employment and business opportunities; deny access to government benefits, professional licenses in nursing, transportation or teaching, and program participation, such as receiving student loans or public housing.
  2. True: Parents can be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor or hosting an “open house” party, both criminal offenses.

  3. False: Your license will be suspended until the tickets are paid and your car may be impounded.

  4. False: Possession of a fake ID is a third-degree felony in Florida and use of another person’s identifying information is a federal offense of aggravated identity theft that carries a mandatory 24 months in federal prison.

  5. True: Travelling across state lines while possessing alcohol by a person under age 21 is not only illegal but triggers the FBI’s division of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and subjects you to a possible conviction for the federal crime of illegal transport of alcohol across state lines.

  6. False: The federal government and most states prohibit the possession of marijuana. Transporting marijuana across state lines is a federal offense.

  7. False: You do not have a first amendment right to deface public property, including government buildings. This constitutes a federal offense of trespassing, tampering and vandalism. It may also subject you to similar state charges, including criminal mischief.

  8. False: The distribution and transport of a controlled substance is a serious criminal offense. Depending on the quantity of the controlled substance, there may be mandatory minimum penalties that will be imposed. A controlled substance includes any anabolic steroid, narcotic, hallucinogenic, stimulant or depressant drug.

  9. True: Recording videos of fights has serious consequences; it can lead to disciplinary action in school, including expulsion, and criminal consequences as evidence of violence or bullying.

  10. False: For most federal offenses, probation or supervised release is mandatory and limits your ability to travel, restricts employment opportunities and supervision is on a       weekly basis and may be over the course of several years.