Already facing murder charges, Oregon teen accused of assault
In Oregon, a 17-year-old Portland man up against a murder charge is now facing another challenge as a defendant. According to reports, the teenager who was charged with murder in the death of another teenager is now facing assault charges for attacking a police officer.
Police stated that the man assaulted an officer after the teenager was told to get back into his jail cell. Allegedly, the young man refused to follow the orders and attacked the deputy. As a result, the police officer sustained minor injuries.
Reports also indicate that the teen was detained at the downtown Multnomah County Detention Center after being transported from a juvenile detention facility. Though the defendant is a juvenile, he was locked up at a detention center with adults because he is being charged as an adult. The teenager is awaiting a court trial to fight the charges for first-degree manslaughter and murder with a firearm.
Since murder is already felony charge, adding another serious charge to the mix will only make things more difficult for the teen. Above all, the hope is that he will be able to receive a fair, impartial trial as he heads to court.
Being suspected of a felony is not only devastating, but it's probably a scary experience for this young man. Criminal charges, even without a conviction, are likely to affect a person's reputation for his or her entire life. In this case, the defendant has many years to live, so the charges will accompany him for decades to come.
In such cases, anyone linked to felony charges is supposed to be innocent until he or she is convicted. Defendants have the right to defend themselves and their actions with a strong legal defense. The defense may present considerations, such as his ages, to encourage a sentence aimed at rehabilitation or a fair decision at the very least.