If your child or teenager has gotten into trouble with the law, you should call a Fort Lauderdale juvenile defense attorney. It’s not wise to handle a case on your own or leave it to the legal system. It’s not just adults who need lawyers; children and teenagers who’ve been accused of crimes need good criminal defense lawyers to represent them in the juvenile justice system.

When a person under 18 years old is charged with a crime in Broward County, they should get a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney before they do anything else. Just any Fort Lauderdale criminal law firm isn’t going to do. You need to hire one with experience in the intricacies and finer points of juvenile law.

Common Juvenile Crimes under Florida Law

  • Trespass
  • Serious Traffic Violations
  • Juvenile Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Battery, or Molestation
  • Assault/Battery
  • Possession of an Alcoholic Beverage
  • Drug Possession/Sale/Manufacturing
  • Possession of Marijuana/Cannabis
  • Gang-Related Activities
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Burglary of Vehicle, Unoccupied Structure or Conveyance
  • Burglary of an Occupied Structure or Conveyance
  • Disorderly Conduct or Public Intoxication
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Theft / Shoplifting
  • Robbery
  • Juvenile Violation of Probation

The focus of the juvenile justice system is not punishment, but real rehabilitation. The focus of the adult system is on rehabilitation and punishment. If you’ve got a good Broward juvenile defense lawyer on your side, you can often avoid detention time for your child or teenager. The juvenile justice system prefers rehabilitation, not detention. Hire a Broward criminal law firm with real experience, a proven record, and serious knowledge of the juvenile justice system.

Getting legal help as soon as possible after your child is charged with a crime is your best bet in mitigating punishment and avoiding detention time. Even if your child hasn’t been charged with a serious crime, your child’s criminal record can have a big impact on their future. You and your child should understand the effects of waiving the right to a speedy trial or signing anything before the court date. A competent juvenile defense lawyer can take your hand and guide you through the system so you don’t suffer as you might on your own.

Hiring a great attorney early in the case can help you determine the best course of action. This goes without saying, but so many parents think they can face the juvenile justice system alone because it’s not as serious as the adult criminal justice system. That is a seriously flawed way of thinking. The juvenile justice system is serious, and you don’t want to approach it without the right counsel on your side.

Your child has their whole life ahead of them. A finding of wrong doing for a criminal charge could follow them for the rest of their life. It could hinder getting a job, partner, or damage their good reputation. Additionally, they could get off track in school because of a lengthy legal battle. You need a lawyer as soon as your child is charged or arrested. A competent juvenile attorney can mitigate the damage and help to get your child or teenager get out of the juvenile justice system as soon as possible. Your criminal defense attorney may even get the charges dropped completely.

We have a lot of experience in juvenile cases in Florida

You wouldn’t want to hire someone fresh out of law school to handle your child’s case. Reach out to us instead. We’re an experienced juvenile justice law firm, and we know how to get the best possible deal for your child or adolescent if they’ve been charged with a crime. We are used to working with tough prosecutors and judges. We work hard to make this as easy as possible for you and your family.

Get an attorney involved in the case early on

Having an attorney involved in the case early on is your best course of action. Having an attorney involved at the beginning can up the likelihood that the State Attorney’s Office will not move forward on the charges, file lesser charges, or have the youth enter the best diversion program available. The requirements for entry into diversion programs vary a lot. Entering one of these programs may or may not be best for the child, and that’s where it’s good to have our law firm help advise you and work with the State Attorney’s Office to get them into the right diversion program for who they are and what crime they’ve committed.

Even if your child has been offered a diversion program, lots of parents would prefer their child enter into a private counseling program instead of something run by the state. We can work hard to make sure the parents and child get the best choices made available to them for their unique circumstances, crime, and situation.

If you’re on the fence about hiring an attorney after your child has been charged with a crime, you shouldn’t be. It’s one of the smartest things you can do after your child has been thrust into the juvenile justice system. You don’t want them to spend weeks or months in secured detention when they might be able to get out of detention time completely. Whatever you want, we work hard to ensure you and your child don’t suffer needlessly. We’ve handled hundreds of cases, and we want to help you next.

Contact our law firm today

You don’t have time to waste if your child or adolescent has been charged with a crime. We’ll rush to your aid and get your child the best outcome possible. Call our office now for your free consultation, (954) 256-1464.