South Florida Juvenile Offense Lawyers
It can be extremely frightening and confusing for any parent who learns his or her child has been arrested in South Florida. McLaughlin Morris, P.A. understands the stress these situations place on families, and we make the following information available to provide insight on some of the most commonly sought areas of interest:
- Juvenile Process
- Consequences of a Juvenile Adjudication
- Juvenile Drug Cases
- Juvenile Sexual Assault
- Juvenile Alcohol Offenses / MIP
In some cases, the possible consequences of a juvenile arrest can be very harsh and may involve imprisonment and a criminal record. However, the Sunshine State also has several rehabilitative options for youth offenders in place that make favorable outcomes a realistic option for man first-time offenders.
Delray Beach Juvenile Offenses Lawyer
If your child has been arrested in the greater Palm Beach County area, you will want to make sure that they have experienced legal representation. McLaughlin Morris, P.A. aggressively defends minors accused of criminal offenses in Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, Greenacres, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens.
Drew McLaughlin and Jeffrey Morris are committed to getting the most favorable outcomes to these cases for their clients. Our juvenile offense attorneys will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case so you can fully understands your options as soon as you call (561) 404-0529 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Palm Beach County Slip and Fall Information Center
- What types of crimes are juveniles usually accused of?
- How does the criminal process work after a juvenile has been arrested?
- What typically happens if a juvenile enters into a diversion program?
- Where can I find additional information about this subject?
A juvenile is defined as any person under the age of 18, and he or she could be accused of committing any one of a number of violations of Florida law. Some of the crimes that juveniles are frequently charges with include, but are not limited to:
- Criminal Mischief
- Disorderly Conduct
- Petit Theft
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Possession of a Fake ID
- Possession of Alcoholic Beverages by a Minor
- Resisting Arrest
- Sexual Offenses
- Simple Assault or Battery
- Traffic Offenses
- Underage Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
When an alleged juvenile offender has been arrested, he or she will be taken to a Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) for processing. The location of the JAC depends on the county in which the alleged juvenile offender was arrested in:
- Palm Beach County
1100 45th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
- Broward County
2600 Southwest 4th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
- Miami-Dade County
275 Northwest 2nd Street
Miami, FL 33128
Multiple agencies work at the JAC, including the State Attorney’s Office, Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), the School Police Youth Court, and the Intensive Delinquency Diversion Services. The agencies will work together to recommend sanctions, but the DJJ will use a Detention Risk Assessment Instrument (DRAI) to determine whether a juvenile offender is released to his parents or remains in custody.
The DJJ makes a recommendation to either formally charge the alleged juvenile offender or allow him or her to enter into a diversion program. The State Attorney ultimately has the final decision in these matters.
It is important to understand that with some crimes, alleged juvenile offenders can be tried as adults in traditional criminal court where the possible penalties are far more serious. For this reason, it is critical to make sure your child has a lawyer as soon as possible so the matter can stay out of adult court.
An alleged juvenile offender may be able to get his or her charges dropped if he or she enters into a diversion program. However, successful completion of diversion programs typically satisfying several court-imposed conditions, such as:
- Anger management classes
- Community service
- Forfeiture of driver's license
- Jury duty
- Letter of apology to alleged victim(s)
- Mandatory curfew
- No victim contact
- Rehabilitation program
- Restitution to alleged victim(s)
- Substance abuse or mental health counseling
Palm Beach County Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) — This website contains information about the latest initiatives for the Palm Beach Collaborative of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). You can find meeting dates, a detention utilization study, and a listing of all executive committee members.
421 3rd Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller’s Juvenile Division — This division of the Unified Family Court handles juvenile delinquency cases and juvenile dependency cases. It also handles children and/or families in need of services for the protection and care of children, the promotion of stability in families, and provision of needed services.
205 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice — You can find information about the juvenile justice process, facility locations, and services provided on this website of the state agency that operates Florida’s juvenile detention centers. There are also answers to frequently asked questions, news, and press releases.
Find a Juvenile Offenses Lawyer in Delray Beach
Is your child facing criminal charges in South Florida? You will want to immediately get him or her skilled legal counsel.
McLaughlin Morris, P.A. represents alleged juvenile offenders in Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, and Broward County. Call (561) 404-0529 right now to have our juvenile offense attorneys review your case and answer all of your questions during a free consultation.