Minors Accused of Criminal Activity
When a person under the age of 18 commits a criminal offense, he or she is usually prosecuted in juvenile court. The juvenile court system in Florida is completely separate from the adult criminal system, and juvenile cases are handled differently than the cases of adult criminal defendants. The law tends to favor the rehabilitation of an underage person rather than punishment. This does not mean that your child cannot be incarcerated, however.
When a juvenile is charged with a serious or violent crime, there is a chance that the prosecution will attempt to move the case to adult court. This can pose a real problem for a juvenile defendant. As your criminal defense attorney, I will work to make sure that your child is tried in juvenile court. This is important for many reasons. Specifically, one's juvenile convictions will be sealed once the child leaves the system. Also, juveniles are usually sent to rehabilitation and/or educational programs rather than jail or prison and typically receive lesser prison sentences than adults convicted of like crimes.
Crimes a Juvenile May be Accused of
The most common types of juvenile crimes in Fort Lauderdale include:
- Assault & Battery
- Sex Crimes
- Murder & Manslaughter
- Gun crimes
- Drug Crimes
If your child has been charged with a crime, I advise you to contact me so that I can help you understand what can be done to protect your child. As your child's South Florida criminal defense lawyer, I will work to protect your child and obtaing a positive result in court.
When looking for a Fort Lauderdale criminal lawyer, you ought to hire a lawyer who is familiar with the juvenile court system. I am. There are many legal options available to underage persons charged with crimes. I will discuss these options with you in an effort to help you make the best decision with respect to the future of your child.