The mistakes that people make at a young age can sometimes have more lasting effects than that initially believed. Even as juveniles, individuals could find themselves accused of criminal activity for events that they perceived as jokes or pranks. However, certain pranks could go too far and result in those involved facing misdemeanor assault charges.
Alleged bullying at sleepover
It was recently reported that two students in Texas are facing such allegations after a seven-month investigation. According to reports, the individuals — whose ages were not given but are presumably juveniles — attended a sleepover with another middle school student who was 13 years old at the time. At the sleepover, the victim was reportedly bullied and forced to drink urine. The incident was video recorded and posted online.
Criminal charges filed
It was unclear how many individuals may have been involved in the alleged situation, but two students are facing misdemeanor assault charges. The specific charges were reported as being Class C, which is a less severe level of charge. The victim’s mother expressed displeasure at that the charges were not at least a Class A misdemeanor.
Now, the students facing the misdemeanor assault charges and their parents will likely need to determine what courses of action to take. Though a Class C misdemeanor does not come with as severe consequences as other charges, a conviction could still follow these young people for years if not the rest of their lives. As a result, exploring available criminal defense options may be a step in the right direction.