The best defense is advise your son not to interview with the police or their investigators. The text message he sent, threatening to stab a girl, qualifies as a terroristic threat. The officer will complete his investigation and submit his reports to the prosecuting authority for review. The prosecutor will make the decision on whether or not to file a petition in juvenile court charging your son with terroristic threats, a felony level offense. The decision will be based on whether or not there is sufficient evidence to prove the elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. You would be well advised to retain experienced defense counsel prior to the filing of formal charges. Your son needs to be proactive and enter into counseling now to address anger issues. Prosecutors are interested in protecting public safety and want to insure against repeat offenders. By completing anger counseling now, he will improve the likelihood of a favorable outcome in the case.
If you or someone you know has been charged with sending a threatening text message, you will need to retain experienced defense counsel to protect their future. Call Twin Cities Defense Attorney Robert J. Shane for a free phone consultation at (612) 339-1024 or visit his website for more information on the defense juvenile crimes at www.creiminallawyerminnesota.com.