Adolescents are prone to make a variety of mistakes as they near adulthood. Unfortunately, these mistakes may be illegal in nature, which can lead to severe legal punishments and a damaged criminal record. Regardless of their age, a damaged criminal record can negatively impact a minor’s future employment and educational opportunities.
Juvenile crime is illegal activities that are committed by people who are below the legal age of 17. Criminal activity among adolescents is continually on the rise. In an effort to limit juvenile crime, Florida Law Enforcement has become stricter on juvenile crime matters. Common Florida Juvenile Crimes include, but are not limited to:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Underage drinking
- Traffic Violations (speeding and reckless driving)
- Drug crimes (possession, selling, or distribution of narcotics)
- Violent crimes (such as theft, battery, or vandalism)
While legal consequences for adults are for punishment purposes, juvenile crime consequences are geared toward the treatment and rehabilitation of the minor.
Just like adults, minors have individual rights and they can protect and defend themselves against their criminal charges. Juveniles have the right to remain silent when questioned by law authorities, the right to cross examine witnesses who are testifying against them, and the right to an attorney.
If your child is being charged with a juvenile crime, the best thing you can do for them is retain an experienced criminal defense attorney. By retaining the services of a skilled Florida attorney, you are ensuring that you child will receive the legal representation, advice, and information they need to defend themselves against their charges.
At Finebloom & Haenel, P.A., our attorneys can help your child by negotiating with prosecutors. By working with prosecutors, we can possibly have your child’s charges reduced or dismissed entirely. With our help, your child can move forward with their life without having to worry about their past mistakes hindering their future possibilities.