As of November 1, 2023, most juveniles will no longer have to register as a sex offender and be eligible to seal their convictions. Law enforcement will start removing eligible people from the registry soon and mailing letters confirming they have been removed. If you receive a letter indicating that you have been removed from the registry, please contact our office for a free consultation to determine if you are eligible to seal your offense.

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Teen accused of auto theft

On Behalf of | Mar 30, 2024 | Juvenile offenses |

Many adolescents in Washington rebel at some point and sometimes choose to participate in illegal activities. In recent years, lawmakers in Washington have focused on rehabilitation as opposed to incarceration for juveniles who are accused of criminal offenses. Although the justice system in Washington handles juvenile offenses differently than adults, juveniles can still face serious consequences for their actions.   

Teen pursued and arrested 

Recently in Pasco, a teenager was arrested after allegedly attempting to steal a vehicle. The incident occurred at night at a car dealership near the 200 block of South 20th Street. According to police reports, the owners of the business contacted law enforcement alleging that they saw a person breaking windows in two vehicles and attempting to steal them.  

Police officers said when they arrived the suspect was trying to drive off in one of the vehicles but was cut off by a patrol car. Reports said the teen fled on foot to a nearby neighborhood. Police said the teen was found hiding under a boat and was apprehended after jumping fences and running through several backyards in the neighborhood.  

Obtaining legal help 

Making a bad decision at such a young age should not have to ruin a person’s entire life. Those who have been charged with juvenile crimes in Washington have certain options available that could help them through this experience. Any person who has been accused of a crime has the right to speak with a legal representative. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney can offer the protection of rights and provide invaluable legal guidance.