A 13-year-old girl has been arrested after police claim she brought a loaded gun to school in Miami Gardens.
Miami-Dade Schools spokeswoman told local media that the girl brandished the gun at two classmates Wednesday morning before classes started at Carol City Middle School. A school staff member confiscated the weapon.
The student now faces four weapons charges.
An adult who lives at the student’s home, was arrested and charged with failing to secure a weapon from a minor.
Weapons charges are taken very seriously by state prosecutors, which is why these charges must be dealt with accordingly. There is much as stake when it comes to the consequences attached to these charges, especially when the person charged is a minor.
Juvenile courts tend to sentence minors who are charged with weapons-related offenses in a manner that promotes rehabilitation rather than punishment. Most juvenile courts choose to penalize minors through community service and probation. However, in certain serious cases involving weapons, juveniles could be tried as adults.
Our Florida Juvenile Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you if your child is facing a weapons charge. Call us today at 561-367-8777 to discuss your juvenile weapons charge and learn how we can help you navigate the court system. As former prosecutors, we know what it takes to achieve a successful outcome in a juvenile weapons case and we will fight aggressively to make sure that we do everything we can to prevail.