Juvenile Criminal Defense
Misdemeanor Clinic Can Help
With over 27 years of experience in juvenile court, the attorneys at Misdemeanor Clinic have seen the lasting impact that a juvenile arrest and criminal record can have on children and their families. That is why your child’s future is our primary concern. We work tirelessly to keep our clients’ criminal records clean so that their future opportunities will not be limited.
Since there are unique issues that can arise when the state of Florida files a petition for delinquency against a child, it is crucial that you contact an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney. We understand the delicate nature of juvenile criminal charges, both in court and in our clients’ personal lives. Our attorneys know that a single arrest can affect a child’s future ability to attend college, obtain a job, or even maintain a driver’s license. We believe that a single mistake should never put your child’s future in jeopardy and are determined to maximize their success. We work with each of our clients to create an individualized defense strategy that meets their needs. Call us today to speak to an experienced juvenile criminal defense attorney!
Juvenile Criminal Proceedings in Florida
The attorneys at Misdemeanor Clinic have handled hundreds of juvenile cases in which children have been detained or issued a Notice to Appear. Our attorneys are familiar with the unique set of rules of juvenile court. This knowledge and experience is imperative when it comes to defending your child.
Children are not entitled to a jury trial in juvenile court in Florida. For this reason, a criminal defense attorney that possesses professional relationships with local judges and prosecutors can provide a strong advantage to your child’s case. Our experience has made us familiar with judges and prosecutors across the state, allowing us to advocate for our clients effectively.
When a child is accused of a crime they are either arrested or issued a Notice to Appear. In the case of more serious offenses, they may be arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing and evaluation. When a child is over the age of 16 and is accused of a very serious offense, the State Attorney’s Office may choose to “direct file” the case to adult court where the child could be facing more punitive consequences than they would in juvenile court. The decision of whether or not to direct file a case lies solely with the State Attorney’s office. It is essential that a juvenile criminal defense attorney is hired immediately in order to intervene and fight to keep the case out of adult court.
The State of Florida offers several diversion programs for juvenile offenders which can keep their records clean. The attorneys at Misdemeanor Clinic are familiar with the programs in juvenile court and regularly consult with parents to decide the best course of action for their child. Our attorneys also assist parents in sealing and expunging their child’s criminal histories. Call us today for your free consultation!
The Misdemeanor Clinic represents juveniles accused of all crimes. The most common juvenile crimes in Florida are:
- Assault and Battery
- Petit Larceny
- Misdemeanor Violations of Drug Laws
- Aggravated Assault/Battery
- Grand Larceny
- Disorderly Conduct
- Felony Drug Violations
- Possession of marijuana
In the state of Florida, there are three possible “detention status” levels that are assigned to juveniles charged with a crime. These levels are dependent upon the seriousness of the crime. If your child has been arrested a judge will determine whether they will be:
- Released to a parent or guardian’s custody
- Placed on home detention for 21 days
- Assigned to 21 days of secure detention at a juvenile detention facility
Staying at a juvenile detention facility can be extremely traumatic for a child. Our attorneys possess extensive knowledge and experience regarding juvenile detention matters and work diligently to provide your child with the best defense possible. Call us immediately in order to maximize your child’s success in avoiding juvenile detention.
The sentencing process is completely different between the juvenile and adult systems. For this reason, it is important to retain an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable in handling juvenile sentencing matters. In the juvenile system, The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) routinely evaluates children who have been arrested and makes sentencing recommendations to the court. It is important to have an attorney who can advocate on your child’s behalf to ensure that what is recommended to the court is truly in the best interest of your child. Our skilled juvenile criminal defense attorney can also present arguments to the court for departure from the DJJ recommendation if needed. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
Disruption to School Attendance
A juvenile charge can also impact your child’s education. If your child’s school becomes involved, your child could be suspended, re-assigned to another school, or even expelled. Our attorneys have extensive experience mediating between schools and parents to achieve an outcome that is in the best interest of the student.
Juveniles, Competency, and Mental Health
Oftentimes, our juvenile clients are unable to identify the mental health issues that impact their decision making. In order to best represent the needs of our clients, it may be necessary to involve mental health professionals who are familiar with the issues young adults face and can help our clients vocalize their frustrations. Psychological evaluations can sometimes be required in cases where the mental health or maturity of a child appears to be an issue.
Fighting, drug use, stealing, even creating too much noise can result in legal trouble for your child. If your child has been arrested or received a Notice to Appear contact the experienced juvenile defense attorneys at Misdemeanor Clinic to minimize the impact on your child’s future.