It is claimed that two New York teenagers stole money last month from another New York resident. The 16 and 18-year old boys have both been charged with felony third-degree larceny. Each also faces misdemeanor charges for claimed fifth-degree conspiracy. Finally, the older of the two youths faces misdemeanor charges for allegedly endangering the welfare of a child.
Both teenagers were arraigned in court. Though the younger of the two boys has reportedly been released, the older was sent to county jail with bail set at $10,000.
We will need to await the final outcome of the trial or any plea negotiations before we can get a better idea as to what is being claimed. It should never be assumed in any criminal case that arraignments or arrests mean the same thing as guilt. The burden of proving up such a claim remains upon those claiming that crimes actually took place.
What is also noteworthy about this story is the age of the two youths that were arrested. Though one of the youths is only two years older than the other, he is now considered an adult in New York as he recently celebrated his 18th birthday. That means that the penalties for him are potentially much greater than what these would have been only a few years ago.
Young people often commit foolish acts, and sometimes they are forced to pay an extremely heavy price for this. Yet whether the two are or are not guilty, they will require the assistance of a criminal defense attorney that can make the case that any sentence should be fitting to the circumstances.
Source: UticaOD.com, "2 teens charged with grand larceny," June 19, 2013