Alabama teen charged for alleged bomb threat

People make mistakes and juveniles are no exception. However, sometimes a small prank can lead to serious criminal charges. That appears to be the case in one Alabama town where a special needs student now faces criminal charges for allegedly making terroristic threats.

According to police, a 17-year-old high school student made a bomb threat against his school recently. Authorities believe the student used another classmate's cell phone and called in the threat from inside the school. The school was evacuated for two hours. The student who police claim made the threat was arrested and taken to a youth detention center.

This student faces serious charges and could eventually face potentially harsh consequences. In situations like this, it is best for the accused to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney. An attorney will work to be sure that the rights of the accused are not violated, which may mean ensuring that excessive charges and penalties are not imposed.

An attorney will also examine the evidence in a case. Police believe the 17-year-old student made the threat. However, they also claim that he made the threat from another student's phone. The student who was arrested could in fact be innocent of any wrongdoing.

Facing criminal charges can be scary for anyone living in Alabama. However, it may be particularly frightening for a young person. It is for that reason why the public must be cautious to assume guilt. While police believe they have charged the right person, the 17-year-old remains innocent until his guilt can be proved in court.

Source: CBS 42, "Teen faces charges after bomb threat at school," Dec. 18, 2012

Our firm works with people who face serious criminal charges. To learn more, please visit our Birmingham criminal defense page.

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