Florida, like every other state, has two distinct legal systems in place when it comes to dealing with minors as opposed to adults. However, criminal statistics, regardless of the age of those accused, are still disturbing in nature. During the years of 2004 and 2005, over 95,000 youths (those under the age of 18) were referred to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. During that same period, almost 9,000 youths were sent to juvenile detention facilities.
If you or your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, you need to understand that this is a highly-technical area of law, and if the defendant is near the age of 18, your first battle may be to keep this issue out of adult court, where the penalties are much more severe. That is why you need to contact the firm of Anabelle Dias & Associates, P.A., as the attorneys at the firm are experienced in handling these types of cases, and they also offer affordable payment plans and 24-hour-per-day availability.
Many of the offenses for which children and young adults are charged are similar to adult crimes, ranging from traffic misdemeanors to violent felonies. One of the many differences between the juvenile and the adult systems is that the juvenile crime is called an act of delinquency and requires juvenile court intervention to deal with the delinquency. The following crimes are most typical as they related to juveniles in Florida:
Although this list represents the most common charges, the crimes listed above are far from an exhaustive set of examples. There are more minor offenses with which a juvenile can be charged, including violation of curfew, general abuse and driving without a license.
Regardless of the charge, the worst thing you or your child can do is nothing. Much like with adult criminal court, the legal situation regarding any charges will only get worse if you do not act now to secure the proper representation to assert your rights. The attorneys at Anabelle Dias & Associates, P.A., will understand your situation, explain your options to you in full, answer your calls any time of day and work with you to manage any legal fees involved. What's most important right now is that you protect your Constitutional rights - contact Anabelle Dias & Associates, P.A. today.