Earlier this year, a school bus was hit with a projectile during one of the driver's busiest times of the day. This is an alarming statement without more context, but as patch.com reported, the culprit was a kid who shot a BB gun at the school bus. Make no mistake, this is bad behavior, and the kid made a poor choice in firing a BB gun at a school bus. The question remains, though: was it criminal? The article notes that the juvenile was taken into custody by police and that the District Attorney is investigating the incident. Criminal charges could follow.
Kids will be kids, and they will inevitably make mistakes. That said, sometimes mistakes can have long-term and devastating consequences. If your child has crossed the proverbial line and is charged with a crime, don't brush off the proceedings. Instead, call a PA juvenile defense attorney who can help you and your child get back on track.
Are BB Guns Weapons in PA?
BB guns are also known as pellet guns, but just because it has the word “gun” in the title doesn't mean it's considered an actual firearm under PA law. BB guns aren't considered weapons in Pennsylvania, but they can still be used in the commission of a crime. There are numerous crimes that don't require a weapon to be brandished before the D.A. will press charges. Vandalism, criminal mischief, or other crimes that involve property damage or cause a reasonable fear of bodily injury can result in an arrest.
The Long-Term Consequences of Mischievous Behavior
Parents know their kids will act up from time to time, and they may worry their child's actions could cross a line. If your child's behavior crosses that line from typical mischief to behavior punishable by the law, they could have to deal with the PA justice system for the long haul. Juvenile offenses are serious and require an equally serious defense.
When kids or young adults are charged with a crime in PA, the charges and related arrest will go on their record. Ultimately, they could have a criminal record that lasts for years, which may impact their ability to get jobs, go to college, or even secure housing.
When Do You Need A Pennsylvania Juvenile Defense Attorney?
If you suspect your child's misbehavior has crossed a line, you should contact a defense attorney right away. An attorney will help you through the process of defending juvenile offenses so you and your family can move forward in life. You may also want to talk to an attorney if you need help expunging juvenile crimes from your record. Attorney Joseph D. Lento is dedicated to helping kids, and their parents move forward after criminal charges. To learn how the Lento Law Firm can help you, call 888-535-3686 today, or contact us online.