Q: My 12 yr old is charged with 2nd degree robbery. But didn't steal anything. why? He got caught with a lighter in school
My son has never been in trouble and brought a electric lighter to school and a kid said my son threatened him and said it was a taser. The school called the police and they put my son in handcuffs. Now they have charged him with 2nd degree robbery. Why robbery?
A: More information is needed. Robbery is attempting to obtain property from another (theft) by force, threats or coersion. My guess is the other student said he was threatened to give something up. Hard to say without more. At 12 if he does not have prior issues he should be released on conditions pending resolution. Think about retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney. You want to keep his record as clean as possible. There may be tapes from the school. The issue with the school suspension needs to be addressed as well.
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