Washington police recently took two teenage boys into custody for their alleged role in an attempted murder. Of the two, one is facing a second degree charge for allegedly violating the Uniformed Firearms Act, while both are facing first degree criminal charges for attempted murder. A 30-year-old woman was also involved in the incident, which is said to have targeted her ex-husband.

According to authorities, the woman may have promised to pay one of the teens $13,000 if he killed her ex-husband. The 17-year-old boy apparently enlisted the help of another 17-year-old, saying he would pay him as much as $6,000 for driving him. The teen who was driving may not have realized what was going on until the pair were already driving to the scene.

Police claim that the first teen approached the victim while he was in a parking lot and fired several times. The victim suffered multiple wounds but survived and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The victim also told investigators that he suspected his ex-wife was the only person who might be motivated to attack him, and police later tracked down the second teen by tracking his license plate number. Investigators ultimately claimed they connected both the ex-wife and both teens to the incident.

Facing criminal charges as a teenager is a difficult experience. Kids at this age still have so much of their lives before them, but a single decision could alter what paths are open to them. Washington parents who are concerned about what their child’s future might look like after going through the criminal court process may want to consider the benefits of having an experienced counsel on their side.