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Felonies have potential to derail life plans

A 16-year-old high school student was arrested by Florida police after he is said to have admitted to carrying a concealed weapon while at school. He has already had his first court appearance for a felony charge of possessing a weapon on school property, although the outcome of that appearance is not entirely clear. Felonies can have a profound impact on a young person's life and, in some cases, can even follow them long into adulthood.

Officers were first notified of the possibility of an armed student by the boy's father. According to reports, the boy's sister had approached their father and disclosed that he had been carrying a knife to school. Before calling the police, his parents first questioned him on the matter, and he allegedly withdrew the knife from his underwear.

The teen's father was present during police questioning, during which the student apparently acknowledged that he had taken the knife to school on three separate occasions. However, he further explained that he was unaware that taking a knife to school was a serious offense. The teen was then processed at a local jail before being released into his parents' custody.

The teenage years are often a difficult and formative time in people's lives, and many people in Florida can recall serious mistakes made during their own teenage years. When those actions culminate in criminal charges, young individuals are put into the compromising situation of having their entire lives rerouted. Convictions for both felonies and misdemeanors can carry lifelong implications and can completely cut off valuable opportunities. With so much on the line, most defendants find the greatest benefit from preparing a strong foundation for their defense as early on as possible.

Source: news-journalonline.com, "Report: Flagler teen faces felony for carrying pocketknife to school", Matt Bruce, April 5, 2016

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