The Juvenile defense legal team consists of juvenile defense lawyers with over 3 decades experience defending minors who have committed a crime in Florida.
AAA Attorney referral Service has a Florida juvenile lawyer ready to help you if your child has been arrested in any of the following Florida cities: Boca Raton, Bradenton, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Coral Gables, Daytona, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville, Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Jacksonville, Key West, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Largo, Melbourne, Miami Miami Beach, Naples, New Smyrna Beach, Ocala, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Palm Beach, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Titusville, Venice, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, West Pensacola, Winter Garden, Winter Haven, or Winter Park. FL.
When Do I Need a Juvenile Lawyer?
If your child is arrested or accused of a crime he or she will undergo an Adjudicatory hearing (non-jury trial). He or she must appear before a judge who will determine outcomes and sanctions. This is best handled by an experienced juvenile lawyer. If you child is a first offender ( no prior arrests ) you must move quickly. Your juvenile lawyer needs time to attempt to keep your child out of the system and settle this before a hearing takes place.
Detention centers are for youth who are detained under specific circumstances set by Florida statute. There are 21 facilities divided into 3 regions throughout the state of Florida. They hold youth that are awaiting court dates or placement in a residential facility. We want to attempt to avoid this.
Justice Related Terms Overview, Juvenile Justice Terms
Adjudicated: The court finds a youth guilty of committing a delinquent act. The court can commit the youth or place the youth on community supervision.
Adjudication Withheld: The court finds that a youth committed a delinquent act, but withholds an adjudication of delinquency. The court places the youth on community supervision.
Adjudicatory Hearing: The court determines if the facts support the allegation(s) made against a youth. The court must find that a youth is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Aftercare (Conditional Release or Post-Commitment Probation): A state-operated or contracted program that monitors a youth who has been released from a commitment program.
Arrest: Youth are not arrested; a law enforcement officer takes a youth into custody based on probable cause and charges the youth with a law violation.
Cost of Care: Parents or guardians may be billed a nominal charge for the services delivered to their child by the Department.
Commitment: A youth is placed in a program for delinquent youth defined by Florida Statute. These programs range from low to maximum restrictiveness levels.
Contempt: The court determines that a youth disobeyed or did not follow the court’s order. The youth can be placed in secure detention from five to fifteen days for each offense.
Delinquent Act: Any illegal act committed by a youth under the age of 18 who has not been sentenced as an adult for a felony.
Delinquent Youth: A person who has violated the law before reaching 18 years of age. The juvenile court handles cases until the youth’s 19th birthday, or until the court order is fulfilled.
Detention Care: The temporary care of a youth pending further action of the court. This may include secure, non-secure, or home detention.
Detention Center: A facility where youth are securely held pending court hearings, for contempt of court, or while awaiting placement in a commitment program.
Disposition Hearing: The court determines the sanctions, conditions, and services imposed on a youth who has committed a delinquent act.
Diversion: A program designed to keep a youth from entering the juvenile justice system through the legal process.
Intake: The screening and assessment of a youth who is alleged to have violated the law or a court order.
Intervention: Programs or services that are intended to prevent a youth from going further into the juvenile justice system.
Positive Achievement Change Tool (PACT): An assessment tool used to determine a youth’s needs, strengths, and risk to re-offend.
Pre-Disposition Report (PDR): A report to the court on the youth’s offense, family history, community involvement, and recommendations for disposition.
Prevention: Prevention efforts at the Department of Juvenile Justice include implementing programs, strategies, initiatives, and networks designed to prevent children from making contact with the juvenile justice system. Additionally, the Office of Prevention offers diversion and intervention services in an effort to keep children from penetrating deeper into the system.
Probation: The status of a delinquent youth placed on community supervision. Youth are supervised by a Juvenile Probation Officer based on the order of the court.
Referral: When a youth is directed to the Department based on an allegation of a criminal law violation.
Status Offenses: Things a youth may do that are not illegal for an adult, such as truancy, running away, or underage drinking.
Taken Into Custody: The physical control of a youth who is detained by a law enforcement officer due to a violation of law or a court order.
Walker Plan: An agreement between the State Attorney, youth, and parent where a case is dismissed after successful completion of the sanctions.
Juvenile Court is very serious proposition.There are serious consequences in the state of Florida. The penalties and consequences of Juvenile Court can effect your child’s future. An lawyer experienced in Juvenile Court is essential,
Call for an experienced juvenile lawyer today.