Three Texas students were recently arrested for making threats against their school campuses on the app Snapchat, according to police. Allegedly, one student created the threat against the school, and the other students spread the threat, even though they knew it was false. Two of the students are facing felony charges for making a terroristic threat. The third student faces misdemeanor charges for making a terrorist threat. The school district is looking into further options for punishment, including the possibility of placing the students into an alternative school. They are currently being held at the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center.
Facing Criminal Charges for TikTok Posts in Texas
This is not the first time police officers have arrested students for their Tik-Tok posts or warned them about the potential illegality of those posts. In October 2021, police officers in Lindale, Texas, warned students not to participate in a TikTok challenge. The Tick Tock challenge was to make TikToks showing inappropriate physical contact with a staff member at the school. The police department said that any student who participated would be arrested and charged with assault on a public servant. Another TikTok challenge involved ‘devious licks.’ The trend encouraged students to steal and vandalize school property.
What to Do After Your Child is Arrested for a TikTok
You may think that it is highly unlikely or even silly for a child to be arrested for a TikTok post. However, it happens more frequently than most people realize. If your child has been arrested for a TikTok, you are probably shocked and wondering what steps you need to take. One of the first steps you should take is to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your child may be facing serious criminal charges.
One of the students mentioned above is facing a serious felony. If convicted, he will face jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record as a felony. Do not dismiss the charges as “not serious” because they involve an app. Even if your child goes through the juvenile system, being convicted will disrupt their future. If convicted, your child may have difficulty being accepted to college, finding a job, or even finding a place to live.
Contact an Experienced Dallas/Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney
At Abel Law Firm, one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help fight to get your child’s case dismissed. We can also attempt to negotiate the most favorable plea deal possible, arguing for leniency. Our Dallas/Fort Worth attorneys are skilled at coming up with creative resolutions that will help avoid a negative impact on your child’s future. If your child ends up being convicted, we can help you pursue a possible expungement of the charge. Every case is different, but you can rest assured that we will provide your child’s case with the attention it deserves. Contact Abel Law Firm today to schedule your initial consultation.