Juvenile Charged with Terroristic Threats & Witness Intimidation

by on December 30, 2013

A 17-year-old high school student from Philadelphia recently pleaded guilty to charges of terroristic threats and witness intimidation after it was discovered that he used his Twitter account to intimidate a crime victim.

According to authorities, the teen posted a photo of the victim along with copies of confidential investigative documents on Twitter, all related to an attempted shooting case from 2012. Though he has not yet been accused in a similar case, police also suspect the juvenile of being involved in an anonymous and now-defunct Instagram account that posted police statements with images of witnesses.

Juvenile Threatening or Intimidating in Arizona

Had the teen from the case above been charged in AZ, it is likely he would have been accused of threatening or intimidating. A juvenile in Arizona is guilty of threatening or intimidating if they threaten or intimidate by word or conduct to do any of the following:

  1. Cause serious public inconvenience including, but not limited to, evacuation of a place of assembly, transportation facility, or building.
  2. Cause physical injury to another person or serious property damage to the property of another.
  3. Cause physical injury to another person or damage to the property of another in order to assist in the interests of, further, or promote a criminal street gang, racketeering enterprise, or criminal syndicate.

In most cases, threatening or intimidating pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 2 of the above statute is charged as a class 1 misdemeanor, unless the offense is committed in retaliation for a victim’s reporting of criminal activity, or unless the offender is a criminal street gang member, in which cases the offense will be charged as a class 6 felony.

If committed pursuant to paragraph 3 of the above statute, threatening or intimidating is typically charged as a class 3 felony in Arizona.

Juvenile Social Media Crimes

With the rise in teen popularity for social media sites in recent years, we have seen an alarming trend: juvenile offenders bragging about or committing crimes on the Internet. It is important to remember that law enforcement officials across the country are constantly monitoring the online activity of previous and suspected offenders, especially juvenile offenders, and anything they find can be used against suspects in court.

Furthermore, even if you delete something incriminating that you posted, it is very possible for digital forensic experts to find that information and trace it back to you. So beware, and stop posting, threatening, and intimidating online!

If your child has been accused of threatening or intimidating, or another Internet crime, in Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, or another AZ city, the juvenile crimes lawyers from JacksonWhite will work to minimize their charges and avoid incarceration. Get the help your child needs to protect their future; dial 480-818-9943 to schedule a FREE consultation with dedicated JacksonWhite juvenile defense attorney, Jeremy Geigle today.

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