If your child or the child of someone close to you has been arrested for any crime in the Orlando area other than a traffic violation, they will become a part of the juvenile court system. Any child under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile. However, if the child commits a crime while under the age of 18, they can potentially be held in a juvenile facility or be supervised through the juvenile justice system until the age of 21.
Juvenile proceedings are governed by Chapters 984 and 985 of the Florida Statues. Juvenile proceedings have extremely short time frames. The trial usually occurs within 21 days of the arrest of the juvenile. There are special rules governing the arrest and questioning of juveniles and the punishments that they can receive. Juvenile law is very specialized. If you hire an attorney who is not familiar with juvenile proceedings you can risk giving up your child’s important rights.
Do not delay! Juvenile cases move quickly and any delay can waive important rights of your child.
Call us now at 407-218-6277 for a free consultation. We will explain how your child’s case will proceed through the juvenile system and how our representation can ensure the most favorable outcome for your child’s circumstances.