The criminal justice system can be intimidating for anyone going through it. This is probably especially true for a teenager. One teen in Missouri likely has multiple questions about his criminal defense following his recent arrest.
The incident that led to the 17-year-old's arrest reportedly happened on a day in late June. According to reports, a friend's parents were out of town, and both the defendant and two other people were invited to the friend's house. Unfortunately, an altercation allegedly broke out between the friends.
The teenager then reportedly left the house and got in his car. Police claim that he struck his friend before pinning him against the house, causing his death. He was reportedly under the influence of drugs at the time
The teenager is said to have passed out immediately following the accident. After he woke up, he reportedly went to a neighboring house for help before returning to the house and inflicting damage to it. He reportedly then walked home where he showered and changed clothes. His mom is said to have went to the house and spoke with police who were on the scene by that time.
Missouri police say that the teenager reportedly said that he felt he would not do any damage when he struck the house due to the influence of the drugs. For many people, a conversation with an authority figure such as a police officer can be extremely intimidating -- especially after witnessing a traumatic incident. As such, many people who are asked to do so request that an attorney be present. Often, establishing an effective criminal defense begins before charges are even filed.
Source: kansascity.com, "KC teen allegedly high on mushrooms when car crashed into house, killing his friend", Robert A. Cronkleton and Glenn E. Rice, June 26, 2017