A juvenile crime is any criminal act that is committed by a minor (person below the legal age of 18). Juvenile crimes range in severity, from misdemeanors to felonies, but should always be taken seriously by the parents involved. Once a young person has been charged with a juvenile crime, he/she will have to go through the Florida legal system, which can be harsh. This is especially true in cases involving sex crime, drug crimes, or violent crimes.
Any minor who commits a criminal offense can be charged with a juvenile crime in the state of Florida. The extent and severity of criminal charges vary case per case, but will normally depend upon the defendant’s prior criminal record, if the defendant has committed prior crimes, or if the offender caused another person to sustain bodily harm. Even though the juvenile is a minor, he/she may be prosecuted through the adult legal system if his/her criminal charges are substantial.
Juvenile Crime Consequences
Once a minor is convicted of a juvenile crime in South Florida, he/she can be punished with:
- time in a juvenile detention facility
- community service
- mandatory counseling
- house arrest
- removal from the parent’s home
- placement in foster care
Due to the severity of the legal consequences involved, it is always to your benefit to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney after you or a loved one has been charged with a juvenile crime.
Boca Raton & Ft. Lauderdale Juvenile Crime Attorney
The Law Offices of Richard Ansara, P.A. is a South Florida criminal defense firm servicing clients throughout Boca Raton, Dade, Broward County, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. Criminal defense attorney, Richard Ansara, is devoted to helping his clients contest their juvenile crime charges. As a committed solo practitioner, Mr. Ansara strives to give each of his clients the attention and counsel they need to be successful with their juvenile crime matters. He will always go the extra mile for his clients’ and their criminal cases.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a juvenile crime in South Florida, call The Ansara Law Firm today for your free initial consultation at (954) 761-4011!