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Juvenile crimes: 2 teens arrested after drug deal goes wrong

Teenagers in Florida who get involved in criminal activities may not realize that they may be putting their futures on the line. Juvenile crimes can impact a person's chances of further studies, securing gainful employment, renting apartments and more. Two teenagers were recently arrested by officers of the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Reportedly, a 16-year-old Cape Coral boy is in juvenile detention while an 18-year-old Fort Myers teen is in jail after their arrests on charges of robbery. Allegedly, they met a 17-year-old boy at a parking lot with the intention to purchase marijuana from him. However, when dealings did not go as planned, the suspects allegedly stole the seller's marijuana and shot him twice before leaving him at the roadside.

Passersby called the police upon finding the man with gunshot wounds to his groin and abdomen at approximately 4:30 on a recent afternoon. Authorities say he was transported to a regional hospital. Reportedly, his injuries were not life-threatening, and hospital reports indicate that he is expected to survive. The two suspects are awaiting their arraignments.

Following arrests and criminal charges, other youths usually seek advice on their defense options. A Florida attorney who frequently deals with cases involving juvenile crimes can answer their questions. After assessing the circumstances of the arrest along with the available evidence, the lawyer can devise the best possible defense strategy. An attorney can advocate for an accused teenager, focused on achieving the most favorable outcome under the circumstances with the least damaging impact on the teenager's future.

Source:, "Lee County Sheriff's Office identifies victim of shooting in south Fort Myers", Michael Braun, Melissa Montoya, Jan. 17, 2018

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