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Two Teenagers Bring Handgun to Elementary School

June 27th, 2012 at 1:21 pm

A recent report in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago police officers arrested two teenagers for possessing a handgun at Finkl Academy, an elementary school on Chicago’s Southwest Side. After a student privy to the incident reported that they had witnessed a 14-year-old girl handling a gun at school, school officials called the girl into the school office. The girl surrendered the gun to school officials without incident, while claiming that she was holding the gun for a male 15-year-old student until after school. Both teenagers now face gun possession charges in juvenile court.

With countless reports of school violence across the nation these days, school officials and law enforcement authorities cannot afford to take reports of a student possessing a gun at school lightly. As a result, the potential consequences for a minor facing gun possession and other gun-related charges can be quite severe. Not only can these children face expulsion from school, but they may face other penalties through the juvenile court system, including a period of incarceration. Whenever any person is charged with a gun-related criminal offense, you must take these charges seriously, even if the alleged offender is a juvenile.

A Rolling Meadows, IL criminal defense attorney who has experience handling juvenile criminal charges is best situated to evaluate your case. They can also provide legal representation to a minor charged with a criminal gun offense. Do not delay in contacting a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as an arrest occurs.

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