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Teen may face long-term consequences after weapon-related arrest

Many people may want to give kids a pass when they make mistakes. However, when a lack of judgment results in their violating the law, these kids may not get a free pass. In fact, they could end up facing serious criminal charges and face long\-term consequences. While many minors end up in the juvenile justice system, their situations are still serious.

It was recently reported that a 17-year-old boy in Florida is now in juvenile custody after he carried a firearm near a middle school. Reports indicated that the teenager had put on a ski mask and that the rifle he carried was loaded when he neared the school. As a result, he was taken into custody and charged with possessing a firearm on school property and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Due to the nature of the alleged crime, it is likely that the teen will be sent to a commitment facility to receive counseling and go through assessments. A supervisor for this type of facility stated that, after arrest, the minor will go through an assessment to determine what course of action may be most fitting. The individual may also attend various classes, such as anger management.

Though juvenile facilities can often help individuals in this type of situation, the teen involved in this Florida case could still be at risk of facing serious long-term consequences. Therefore, he and his parents may want to fully assess his situation and determine what courses of action may best suit his needs. Obtaining information on the juvenile justice system, his possible criminal defense options and other related information may help them as his case moves forward.

Source:, "What's next for teen arrested for carrying rifle near middle school", Juliette Dryer, March 30, 2018

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