A teenager was recently booked into juvenile hall in northern California. She is accused of harming a fellow student on school grounds. Juvenile crimes of this nature are not taken lightly, either in court or by the school district. As such, this young woman may benefit from the assistance of a criminal defense attorney in order to ensure her rights are protected throughout the course of her legal proceedings.
The 16-year-old female was arrested and sent to juvenile hall for her alleged involvement in a fight at her school on Sept. 3. A 17-year-old female was supposedly beaten severely enough that she required hospitalization. The victim's father reported the incident to authorities that same evening.
Further investigation into this incident has led police to believe that there have been problems between these two girls for some time. A video of this particular altercation, posted on Twitter, supposedly suggested that bullying may have contributed to this fight. The school is reviewing policies and will also take disciplinary action.
Bullying is a serious problem among youth in California and elsewhere, and it is not uncommon for victims of such behavior to want to stand up for themselves. While reports did not specify which of these girls was the victim of the bullying, the accused does have the right to defend herself in court, preferably alongside legal counsel. Even though criminal defense attorneys are not required in juvenile crimes cases, having a person in this position on one's side may prove to be a valuable commodity. Not only can a lawyer help in guiding the accused and her family through the juvenile court system, but assistance in achieving an outcome that best benefits her future interests can also be provided.
Source: modbee.com, "Enochs High student booked after fight at school", Sept. 3, 2015