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6 New York teenagers detained on weapons charges

On July 4, officers took six teenagers into custody on charges of felony possession of explosives, according to the New York Police Department. Police allegedly caught the six teenagers, the youngest of whom is 15, making and carrying chemical reactive devices in Staten Island.

Officers allege that they heard explosions occur and traced the sounds back to the teenagers' Great Kills location, near the intersection of Melrose Place and Cleveland Avenue. According to police, officers caught the teenagers in the process of manufacturing a chemical reactive device. Police reported that they also found chlorine tablets and isopropyl alcohol in the possession of the teenagers. An NYPD representative stated that 'mixing together various household chemicals" may result in a chemical reactive device that 'can pack quite a wallop."

Allegedly, five of the six teenagers made a futile attempt to flee from the officers in a vehicle. After police caught the teenagers, officers purportedly found additional reactive chemicals in their vehicle.

A conviction on weapons charges such as possession of explosives may result in life-altering consequences. These include but are not limited to substantial incarceration, costly fines and a lengthy probation. The state of New York considers possession of explosives to be a serious offense, and so accused individuals must mount a serious defense against the charges in order to avoid the severe penalties that accompany a conviction.

That means, first and foremost, retaining the counsel and resources of a criminal defense attorney. By challenging the evidence and police work constituting the charges, the defense attorney might cast doubt upon the prosecution's case. In consequence, the charges may be reduced or even dismissed altogether.

Source: silive.com, "Primary Target URL: http://www.lernerandlerner.com/Criminal-Defense/Weapons-Crimes/ Primary Anchor text: Weapons Charges Keyword text: possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony; felony gun charges; weapons discharge; murder; assault; Weapon", Zak Koeske, July 05, 2014

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