Juvenile Crimes/Juvenile Delinquency
Children can and are charged with crimes from as young as 9 years old. While it is unfortunate that a criminal justice system for juveniles exists, including juvenile detention centers, there is a positive side to this area of criminal justice. Unlike adult criminal jurisprudence, the Florida Juvenile System was designed and was purposed for rehabilitation as opposed to mere punishment. The legislature saw the value in trying to rehabilitate the young, who let’s face it, are more prone to making mistakes than adults.
In Miami-Dade and Broward County, the juveniles benefit from limited programs that are available both prior to entering the criminal system and also as a way to divert out of the system. Depending on the severity of the crime charged, you will find that often Defendants fight to remain in the juvenile system for if they are treated as an adult the penalties can be severe.
If your child has been charged with a crime, detained by the school police, suspended from school or in other way affected by the criminal justice system, this firm can help. The way a case is resolved in juvenile can have significant long term consequences if mishandled. Call our office to discuss your family’s situation and how we can help.