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California juvenile crimes: Student may face criminal charges

A high school student in California may face criminal charges for an online posting. His remarks, which are being viewed as a hate crime, were supposedly posted on a school computer, prompting a student walkout. This is a matter that is being taken seriously by investigators, but as with all juvenile crimes, this is something that law enforcement authorities will need to decide whether charges will be officially filed.

A 15-year-old male student at a high school in Berkeley supposedly confessed to posting a message online that is being viewed as racist and threatening. It is believed that he used a school library computer to post the message. At this time, it is unknown if the school has taken any disciplinary actions against this young man. Other students certainly were upset by the message and protested outside the school.

Police are currently investigating the incident, as are school administrators. As of the latest report, this young man has not been taken into custody. Criminal charges have not been filed in this case, but they are a possibility.

Juvenile crimes are not taken lightly in California. If charges are pursued, this teenager could face a number of serious consequences, such as time in a detention center, probation, community service and fines -- among others. As such, he deserves the ability to fight for the best possible outcome. Legal assistance is available to help this man get through this trying situation, by being there throughout the investigative process and providing further representation in juvenile court if criminal charges are filed.

Source: Yahoo, "California high school student confesses to racist computer post", Nov. 6, 2015

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