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clients in Federal and State criminal matters across the State of Florida.
Gloria W. Fletcher, P.A.
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Gainesville, Florida 32607
 
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  Juvenile Crimes
If your child or teenager has been charged with a crime, it can be a very difficult time for you and your family. Juvenile crimes can be an emotional time, especially when the charges involve violent criminal offenses, including assault, murder, or sex crimes. Aside from clearing any conviction on behalf of the juvenile, it is also important to ensure your child or teenager does not have a criminal record that will haunt him or her forever. When a juvenile is arrested or charged with a crime, his or her case may be handled in delinquency court. Delinquency court has special regulations, and the department of Juvenile Justice is deeply involved in the process. Furthermore, delinquency matters are considered decidedly sensitive and are not transmitted to public record by any department or agency. For this reason, it is important to have a dedicated legal representative at your family’s side to help get you through this trying time.

These are several juvenile-related crimes that can affect your child’s future if convicted:
 
  • Assault Shoplifting
  • Battery
  • Smoking
  • Curfew Violations
  • Theft
  • Drug Offenses
  • Traffic Violations
  • Fake ID / False Identification
  • Trespassing
  • Gang-Related Activities
  • Truancy
  • Property Crimes
  • Underage Alcohol Consumption
  • Runaways
  • Underage Drinking
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Vandalism

The Legal Rights after an Arrest
After an arrest, juveniles have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Unlike adults, juveniles do not have the right to bail, thus they may be detained before trial for up to 21 days. If the charge includes a serious felony, the detention time may be extended for an additional 9 days. Juveniles also do not have the right to a jury trial in delinquency proceedings; rather they appear before an assigned circuit court judge.

Important Steps towards a Solid Defense
There are three important steps when defending a juvenile against a criminal offense. First, it is important to keep the child from being tried as an adult. As a juvenile, any criminal offense will be cleared from his or her record when the child turns 18 years old. Secondly, it is crucial to get charges reduced or dismissed, especially if your child is a first-time offender.

If your child is facing a juvenile crime conviction, it is important to note that the ramifications can be life changing. You and your family still have a chance to take control by acquiring a respected legal representative who can provide the solid defense your child deserves. When it comes to reclaiming your child’s future, every second counts.
 

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