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Criminal defense: teenager charged with multiple offenses

Spokane Police officers are very strict when following Washington State law to maintain peace and order. When someone is arrested on criminal charges, it means that they have broken the law and police have substantial evidence to press charges against them. Once arrested, the criminal charges against the accused can vary. They can range from simple misdemeanors to more serious charges, including felonies. Depending on the gravity of the offense, a suspect can likely face prison sentence and other serious consequences.

In Spokane Valley, Washington, a 16-year-old teenager was recently arrested for impersonating a police officer after countless warnings to stop. Police officers received a report about a teenager dressed as police officer who was riding a bicycle with police lights on the handle bars, along with various police type stickers. According to the complainant and witnesses, the alleged police officer was looking for someone described as a "crazy guy." The complainant added the suspect pushed him when he attempted to move the teenager's bicycle away from his vehicle.

Police officers arrived at the scene and located the suspect at an apartment complex. Police officers stated that suspect had been previously warned a couple of times of the dangers and consequences of impersonating a police officer. The teenager was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and impersonating a police officer. He was incarcerated in Juvenile Detention.

The suspect is facing serious charges which can potentially affect his future. There are various ways to protect the best interest of the juvenile, including entering a plea deal or establishing a strong criminal defense. The latter is a better option, if the defendant wants to directly face the charges. However,, if conviction seems likely, it may be better to enter a plea deal. When deciding which option to chose, the defendant may choose to consult with a criminal defense attorney who can have a serious affect on the case. This legal representative may be able to reduce the charges leveled against the defendant.

Source: KHQ6, "16-year-old arrested for impersonating officer in Spokane Valley," Cory Howard, Mar. 15, 2014

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