Male client in San Pedro, Long Beach Courthouse, August 2018.
Our client was a young man who thought he would play an innocent prank
on a friend. He had learned in science class and on YouTube videos that
combining some everyday items in a plastic milk bottle creates a reaction
and the build up of pressure until the plastic bottle bursts, or explodes.
He did not think it was dangerous, never intended to hurt anyone or break
the law. What he did not know is the exploding bottle he created is an
illegal explosive device, which is extremely dangerous. He was facing
serious felony charges. Thankfully, we were able to explain his intensions
and present a complete mitigation package showing all of the positive
things he had already accomplished in his youth, and emphasize he had
never been in any trouble with law enforcement before. The Los Angeles
County District Attorney’s Office agreed to handle the case through
an office hearing and community service.