Fort Myers Juvenile Law Lawyers
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Facing criminal accusations comes with enough pain, frustration, and anxiety—when charges have been brought against your child, the heartache is many times worse. As parents and guardians, we would do anything to protect our children. But what can we do when we have to confront the entire juvenile justice system that has arrested and detained the person most precious to us?
While all arrests can have negative consequences, those made on minors can be especially damaging in the long-term, causing great trauma decades later. In some cases, your child may be completely innocent, caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. In other cases, they might have only done a small misdemeanor, such as violating curfew or jaywalking. Regardless of the scenario, the criminal charges alone could lead to your child being expelled from school, which will in turn affect their future, in addition to their present education and emotional well-being. In the event of your child’s arrest, you must immediately get support from juvenile law attorneys in Fort Myers. At Aiken & O'Halloran, we understand your anxiety and can advocate fiercely for your child’s liberty.
Call us today at (239) 603-6777 to defend your child from the juvenile court system.
Types of Juvenile Crimes
There are multiple forms of allegations that can be made against your child. Some of these may seem more minor than others, yet still can result in a harsh sentence. This is why you should quickly contact a juvenile law attorney for advice, even if the misdemeanor seems to not have caused major damage.
In Florida, some of the most typically referred juvenile crimes include:
- Cases of false identification or fake ID cards
- Traffic violations
- Running away from home
- Activities committed by a gang
- Use of drugs, as well as selling or simply possessing drugs
- Underage drinking of alcohol
- Physical assaults and attacks
- Truancy from school
- Violations of curfew
- Trespassing on private property
- Pornography of minors
- Sexting or spreading sexual content on social media
- Bullying through physical, emotional, speech, or technological means
- Sexual misconduct or assault
Being Tried as an Adult
One of the most important reasons for immediately consulting our juvenile crime lawyers is that you will want your child to be tried in a juvenile court rather than in a traditional adult criminal court. The benefits of the juvenile court system in the state of Florida is that judges typically emphasize rehabilitation and restoration, instead of simply punishing youth. The court is much more likely to be understanding of the circumstances and contexts surrounding your child’s arrest, and in many cases, can be persuaded of your child’s innocence in cases where wrongful allegations were made.
On the other hand, being tried as an adult often leads to more severe penalties, and a child can even be placed in danger when they are forced to stay in jail and prison facilities along with adult criminals, some of them committed for violent or sexual acts. Even if the child is found innocent in an adult trial, the trauma of their time can cause long-term suffering, but in many cases, adult courts are simply not as lenient as juvenile courts and will punish alleged minor defendants with maximum adult sentences.
Finding Support in Florida
According to a recent Human Rights Watch Review, Florida has some of the highest numbers of cases for charging children as adults. Between 2010 and 2014, there were over 12,000 minors charged as adults, which is the highest number of any other state. Fortunately, over the past couple of years this number has dropped, giving hope to parents across the state that their child’s case can remain in the juvenile court system. To ensure that your child has a fair chance to be tried as a minor, it is important to get our seasoned juvenile law attorneys in Fort Myers involved with your case.
Contact us now at (239) 603-6777 so that Aiken & O’Halloran can protect your child from present and future trauma.