Juvenile Crimes

Stuart Juvenile Charges Lawyers

Legal Defense for Minors in Florida

Juvenile crimes can be just as serious as adult crimes. Even if your child or loved one is under the age of 18, Florida penalizes juvenile crimes seriously. Depending on the crime, minors can be taken to a juvenile assessment center (JAC) at best or serve time in jail at worst. On top of that, your child’s future and reputation could be permanently damaged without powerful defenders on your side.

Our Stuart juvenile charges attorneys have valuable experience on both sides of the law. Our founding attorney served as a former police officer prior to taking up a career in the legal field. With insider knowledge of how law enforcement thinks and operates when it comes to juvenile offenses, we are better able to prepare a strong defense against the charges that have been made.

If your child is facing criminal charges in Florida, contact us today to start discussing your options with a juvenile criminal lawyer.

We Defend Juvenile Criminal Cases in Florida

Our team of Stuart juvenile lawyers understands the emotional toll and hardships a juvenile crime accusation can have on your child’s record. Milestones such as going to college, getting a job and owning a home could be at stake, and our compassionate team understands how crucial it is to improve your child’s circumstances.

We are dedicated to your child’s best interests. Cases we represent include:

What is the Juvenile Court Process in Florida?

Everybody makes mistakes, especially those under 18 years old. Kids rebel here and there, but some take it further than others. What may begin as staying out past curfew could transition to breaking into cars, and may unfortunately develop into violent, drug or sexual offenses.

No matter the situation, our team is here to help. We approach each case with honesty, empathy and strategy. It’s important to have an idea of what your child may experience in court, which is why our Stuart juvenile crime lawyers offer guidance and preparation along the way.

After accusing a juvenile of criminal activity, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will execute the following process:

  • Intake and referral: A child is taken to a juvenile assessment center where a screening and assessment will determine whether detention is necessary.
  • Detention hearing: If the DJJ decides to detain the child, a detention hearing will occur within 24 hours of being taken into custody. Then, the court must determine whether there is probable cause that the child’s act is worthy of further detention.
  • Delinquency petition: If the case proceeds judicially, a delinquency petition will be filed. If the case proceeds non-judicially, the child will be placed into a diversionary program.
  • Arraignment hearing: If a delinquency petition is filed, a child will plea not guilty, guilty or nolo contendere at their arraignment hearing.
  • Adjudicatory hearing: If a child pleas not guilty, the court must decide whether the child committed a delinquent act or violation of law at the adjudicatory hearing. If the court finds that the act was committed, the case proceeds to disposition.
  • Disposition hearing: This is essentially a sentencing, where the DJJ recommends how to dispose the case. This could mean sentencing to juvenile detention, or probation and/or conditional release.

Understanding Juvenile Charges in Florida

When a minor is facing criminal charges in Florida, it can be a confusing and overwhelming time for both the child and their family. At ADL Law, P.A., our experienced Stuart juvenile charges lawyers are dedicated to providing compassionate and effective legal defense for minors in Florida.

It's important to understand the juvenile court process in Florida and how it differs from the adult criminal justice system. Our team can guide you through the steps involved in a juvenile criminal case and ensure that your child's rights are protected every step of the way.

Real stories from real people: We have successfully defended numerous juvenile criminal cases in Florida, and we are committed to helping young individuals navigate the legal system and achieve the best possible outcome for their future.

Turn to a firm you can trust: Contact ADL Law, P.A. today to speak with our Stuart juvenile charges attorneys for help with your child's criminal defense case. We are here to provide the support and legal representation your family needs during this challenging time.

Contact Our Stuart Juvenile Charges Attorneys for Help

We will work tirelessly to ensure your child doesn’t undergo the intimidating, stressful process of fighting for freedom. Our Stuart juvenile charges attorneys prioritize effective and personalized approaches to strengthen your case for the courtroom, and advises that you contact us to receive the advocacy you deserve.

Is your child facing criminal charges? Consult with our Stuart juvenile charges lawyers at (772) 210-9097 today!

Florida Juvenile Crime FAQ

What are the potential consequences of a juvenile crime in Florida?

Juvenile crimes in Florida can have serious consequences, including time in a juvenile assessment center or even jail. Additionally, a minor's future and reputation could be permanently damaged without strong legal defense.

What is the juvenile court process in Florida?

After accusing a juvenile of criminal activity, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will execute a process that includes intake and referral, detention hearing, delinquency petition, arraignment hearing, adjudicatory hearing, and disposition hearing.

How does your team approach defending juvenile criminal cases?

We approach each case with honesty, empathy, and strategy. Our goal is to ensure that your child receives the best possible defense and guidance throughout the legal process.

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