Has your minor child been arrested for a juvenile crime in the State of Florida? It’s important to have the right juvenile law information and resources as you prepare to deal with the consequences.
Juvenile Crime in Florida
When a crime in Florida is committed by an individual who is younger than 18 years of age, the crime is considered a juvenile crime.
These crimes are unique. Juvenile offenders are not subject to the same legal processes as adult offenders.
After being arrested for a juvenile crime, your child will be sent to a Juvenile Assessment Center where she will be fingerprinted and booked. She will also be assessed through a Detention Risk Assessment Instrument. A DRAI is a tool used to evaluate whether or not arrested minors require secure lock-up following booking. If your child doesn’t require secure lock-up, she will be released to your custody. If she does require secure lock-up, she will be transferred to a Juvenile Detention Center. She is entitled to a hearing before a judge within 24 hours of being admitted to the JDC. Your child is entitled to have a lawyer present at this hearing.
Juvenile Detention and Custody
Unless your child has been previously tried as an adult and convicted, he or she cannot be put into jail. Minors charged with violating a criminal statute are not subject to adult incarceration laws. As we stated before, sometimes a juvenile offender will be sentenced to a short stay in a juvenile detention facility. Juvenile detention facilities are not designed for long-term residence. If your child is given a long-term rehabilitation sentence, they will be placed in a long-term residential treatment program.
Find a Trustworthy Juvenile Law Attorney in Florida
Following your child’s arrest, you should immediately hire a knowledgeable juvenile law attorney. Laura Spencer Coleman is a Florida native with over 15 years of experience in juvenile crime law. If you’re searching for compassionate, knowledgeable juvenile law services in Northwest Florida, contact the law offices of Laura Spencer Coleman today.
Laura S. Coleman, P.A., represents clients throughout the Florida Panhandle, in communities such as Milton, Pace, Pensacola, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, Gulf Breeze, Jay, Mary Esther, Shalimar, Niceville, Cantonment, Whiting Field Naval Air Station, Hurlburt Field, Pensacola Naval Air Station, Santa Rosa County and Escambia County.