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Teen faces allegations of car theft and impersonating FBI agent

A teenager who allegedly stole a car from a car dealership in Michigan and crashed it in Ohio received a dismissal of charges that had been issued in the latter state. During the incident, the 17-year-old passed himself off as an FBI agent. Since he is a juvenile, the Ohio prosecutor decided that the allegations will be better handled in Michigan where he will be charged as an adult.

Had he been brought to trial in Ohio, he would have been charged as a juvenile. The accusations included giving false information, driving a stolen car, and receiving stolen property. The teen was set to be extradited back to Michigan. A warrant for theft charges was issued and there is also the possibility of charges for his impersonation of an FBI agent.

The teen is alleged to have contacted the Chrysler dealership and requested permission to take a test drive of a 2015 Dodge Charger. He had a gun openly displayed at his hip and informed the workers at the dealership that he was an FBI agent. The gun was eventually found to be an Airsoft gun. He is then said to have stolen the keys of a 2015 Dodge Charger and driven off. After he crashed the car in Ohio, he told law enforcement authorities that he was an FBI agent.

People who are accused of felony theft may face substantial penalties in the event of a conviction. In addition to fines and possible incarceration, a felony conviction may make it difficult to obtain future employment. Those who are in this situation may find it advisable to meet with an attorney as soon as possible to begin constructing a defense strategy, which in some cases could include considering a plea arrangement with the prosecution that could result in lesser penalties.

Source: M Live, 'Teen who posed as FBI agent during car theft will be extradited back to Michigan," John Counts, June 12, 2015

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