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Alleged threat leaves Florida teen in need of criminal defense

It is not uncommon for young people to speak without fully thinking through what they are saying or to make inappropriate jokes without thinking about possible consequences. Unfortunately, this type of oversight could result in a teenager facing serious charges. They may not have thought that they would need a criminal defense at such a young age, but it could happen.

One 15-year-old boy in Florida is currently facing such a predicament after using a social media app to allegedly make a threat. Reports stated that the teen took of photo of himself holding an automatic rifle and sent it to numerous individuals. Later, the boy purportedly sent another group message with a photo of the same gun with a comment apparently indicating that he was planning on taking the weapon to school.

Authorities became aware of the messages, and detectives went to the boy's home. They allegedly found an airsoft gun, which shoots pellets rather than actual bullets. Nonetheless, the teen is currently facing charges for threatening to kill or do bodily harm, which is a felony. At the time of the report, he had been released from a county jail and into the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The allegations this Florida teen faces are serious, and his parents undoubtedly want to ensure that they handle the situation in the best manner possible. Because they may not fully understand how their son's case may be addressed, they could find it useful to obtain reliable information from local legal resources. Information on criminal defense options may help them determine the most feasible courses of action.

Source: bradenton.com, "Riverview High student charged with felony after Snapchat threat", Ryan Callihan, Nov. 1, 2017

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