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Reported sound of gunshots leads to teen's arrest

Area police arrested a teenager for several weapons charges after receiving a call about someone celebrating New Year's Eve by firing a gun into the air. Although police consider it dangerous and illegal, firing bullets or shells to celebrate the New Year is a rather common practice.

The police came to the property near where the incident had been reported and performed a search of the area. In the process, they say they located a 17-year-old with several handguns. Police also discovered shell casings as well as ammunition that had not been fired.

As the investigation continued, police also located additional ammunition and magazines, as well as bulletproof vests. Authorities also found marijuana and prescription pills.

The teen now faces several charges. The drug charges include possession of a controlled substance and possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana. He also faces multiple charges related to the firearms and ammunition. Police also formally accused him of firing the weapon unlawfully.

It is not clear whether the teen will be prosecuted as an adult and face jail time or, instead, will have to face action in the juvenile justice system. In either event, the possible penalties that this young man faces are quite serious.

Those accused of these types offenses may have several defenses available to them. For instance, it will be only police and prosecutors to prove that their investigation was lawful and fully respected the young man's Constitutional rights. If it turns out there was an error in this respect, the end result could be an outright dismissal or a very favorable plea bargain.

This is why it is important for those accused of drug and weapon charges to consider seeking the experience and advice of an attorney who has a proven track record of handling drug cases.

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