According to Police, on March 27, a Gila Ridge High School teen was arrested after bringing a gun to a school. Police found the handgun in a garbage can after being called to the school in response to an altercation between two students. Officers later discovered that the gun had been brought to school by eighteen-year-old Jacob David Allen. Yuma Police said that Mr. Allen was booked into the Yuma County Detention Center and was charged with possession of a deadly weapon on a school campus.
Here, although Mr. Allen is a high school student, he will be charged as an adult because he is eighteen.
Under Arizona Revised Statute 13-3102, the act of carrying a deadly weapon, which is defined as any weapon designed for lethal use, on school grounds is a Class 1 Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 6 months in jail.
However, in Arizona, a crime involving a weapon may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
A person found guilty of selling or transferring a deadly weapon to a person who is prohibited by law from having it will face a Class 6 felony punished by up to 1 year in prison. A person found defacing or possessing a defaced deadly weapon may also face a Class 6 Felony charge punishable by up to one year in prison.
In Arizona, a person found guilty of selling, manufacturing or possessing a prohibited weapon will be charged with a Class 4 Felony punishable by up to 2 ½ years in prison. A person found in possession of a deadly weapon while entering a nuclear plant or possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony will also face a Class 4 Felony charge punishable by up to 2 ½ years in prison.
A person found guilty of discharging a gun in furtherance of a gang activity in an occupied area will be charged with a Class 3 Felony punishable by up to 3 ½ years in prison. A person found guilty of using a deadly weapon in furtherance of an act of terrorism will be charged with a Class3 Felony punishable by up to 3 ½ years in prison.
If your juvenile has been charged with a crime involving a deadly weapon, contact the juvenile attorneys at the law firm Oracle Law Group today.