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Juveniles arrested and could face serious charges

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2023 | Juvenile offenses |

Juvenile crime is an ongoing problem throughout Washington. Luckily, law enforcement agencies and state officials recognize that there is a need for reform. Even though the criminal justice system in Washington handles juveniles differently than adults, adolescent offenders may still face serious consequences for their actions.

Juveniles arrested

Recently in North Seattle, three juveniles were arrested after they allegedly participated in an auto theft. The incident happened during the afternoon hours near the 10000 block of 30th Avenue Northeast. Police said they received a report of a white sedan speeding through a red light at Northeast 55th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast. Reports said officers arrived at the location and spotted a vehicle matching the description of the previously reported car.

When they attempted to stop the vehicle, officers said a male suspect exited and got into another stolen silver sedan while two other suspects fled on foot. Reportedly, officers located the two suspects who fled in a nearby wooded area and took them into custody without incident. Apparently, the third suspect that was seen driving the stolen silver sedan was later located and arrested.

Obtaining legal assistance

Unfortunately, one bad decision a person makes when they are young can cause them to face a lifetime of repercussions. Those in Washington who have been charged with juvenile crimes can get help by consulting with a legal representative. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help to find the best strategy to move forward while protecting the rights of juveniles who have been charged.