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Felony charges reduced for teen accused of scaling skyscrapers

It has been reported that a teenager has been charged with two misdemeanors after posting videos of himself scaling skyscrapers in New York City. The teen originally faced felony charges, but it appears these charges may have been, or will be, reduced to misdemeanor charges. This incident occurred two years after the teen was originally arrested in 2014 for climbing One World Trade Center.

In 2014, when the boy was 16, he was arrested and pleaded guilty to a charge of misdemeanor criminal trespass. This was for breaking the city law against scaling tall buildings without permission. He was sentenced to 23 days of community service.

The now 19-year-old is back in the news for his most recent stunt of scaling skyscrapers in New York City. He apparently posted videos online of himself and a friend and possible accomplice, showing them performing several dangerous climbs in Midtown, Columbus Circle and Times Square. He is charged with one count of third degree criminal trespassing and one count of base jumping.

Though the teen originally faced felony charges of reckless endangerment and criminal trespassing, more recent reports indicate that the charges have been reduced. Defense counsel will probably use the fact that the boy has always cooperated with police and complied fully with past sentencing for his 2014 charges, to the point that his previous sentence was terminated early. New York citizens accused of a felony or facing other criminal charges would benefit from seeking the counsel of an attorney with experience in criminal defense, who will work to protect the legal rights of the accused.

Source: CBS News, "Justin Casquejo charged: Base jumper posted videos scaling NYC skyscrapers", Dec. 3, 2016

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