Social media can be a fun place full of new trends and teens sharing videos of dance routines. Unfortunately, social media can also be used to quickly spread negative information. According to Washington police, a video that was circulated around various social media sites even recently led to criminal charges being filed against a 15-year-old.
Caught on camera
Police claim that the video in question was taken on Nov. 19, 2020. The video allegedly depicts an assault on a married couple. The teen — who was only 14 at the time of the incident — can apparently be seen punching the husband, age 56. It is unclear if the wife was physically involved, although she can be seen watching the altercation with worry. It was also noted that the alleged victims were Korean-American but that authorities have not filed any hate crime charges.
Although the incident occurred in late 2020, police were not notified of the video until March 31. Police were able to identify the suspect using the video. Once they did, they realized he was already scheduled for a detention review hearing in regard to a robbery charge. Teens who are in similar positions of being arrested for multiple criminal charges often face:
- Time in detention facilities
- Limited educational opportunities
- Being charged as adults
Parents of teens who are facing criminal charges may feel understandably worried about their children’s futures. It is important for Washington parents to be ready to take quick, proactive steps toward protecting their children from potential convictions and the related criminal consequences. While this can feel like an impossible task, it is often made easier under the guidance of an attorney who is experienced in juvenile law.