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Alleged California juvenile law offender tased during arrest

The circumstances surrounding a young teen's recent arrest in California might have raised a few eyebrows. Although it has been noted that the young man had apparently run away from his home, the exact nature of his criminal charges was not made available. As juvenile law differs from the criminal process for adults in a few key aspects, his appearance before a court will not include a jury. 

The 13-year-old boy's arrest was captured on the cell phone video of a witness. The incident took place in the rear lot of a local store when the teen allegedly resisted being arrested for an undisclosed criminal charge. The officer ultimately withdrew a Taser gun and used it to subdue the boy before arresting him. Witnesses to the tasing were apparently disturbed by these actions, and several screams could be heard on the cell phone footage. 

When the teen appears in court, it will be up to the judge to determine whether he is guilty with regard to his criminal charge. Additionally, with the sheriff's department's report that the young boy allegedly bit the arresting officer in his attempt to resist arrest, it is possible that he will also be charged with assaulting a police officer. Even for a minor, this charge is considered a felony. 

Although some people might be tempted to treat a minor charged with a criminal offense less seriously than an adult, special care and attention should still be taken with issues of juvenile law. Consequences of a conviction can still alter the life of California minors, ultimately setting them on a path that would lead them away from opportunities for education and future employment. As such, accused juveniles and their counsel can likely benefit from an critical and careful review of all charges before appearing before a judge.

Source: 760kfmb.com, "Teen in juvenile court after tasing incident involving deputy", Ashley Jacobs, June 17, 2015

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