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Has your child been charged with a crime? Are you facing criminal consequences as a juvenile? Florida tries juvenile crimes in separate courts, but sometimes these cases may end up in adult court. Prya Murad Law, PLLC, is led by a former public defender who knows how the juvenile justice system works; we aim to provide compassionate legal support informed by years of experience as a public defender. While a standard defense attorney might be able to help you come up with a textbook defense strategy, we can help you develop a more unique legal plan based on how we understand Florida’s juvenile justice system works from the inside.
Schedule a consultation with Prya Murad Law, PLLC, for more information about how we might help you navigate your Miami juvenile defense.
Young people make mistakes. Sometimes, they’re serious mistakes. Often, though, they’re harmless mistakes that carry harsh consequences. Some common juvenile crimes include:
Note that juvenile crimes, often misdemeanors, are generally not punished in the same way as adult offenses. The focus of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate juvenile offenders. So, convicted juveniles may receive alternative punishments to incarceration in a juvenile detention center, such as:
Nonetheless, while juveniles are tried in juvenile court, some crimes may amount to charges handled in adult court. This will depend on the nature of the crime, though, and the juvenile’s age during the course of the case.
It is vital for juvenile defendants granted rehabilitative sentences to appreciate their opportunity to change their ways. If a juvenile defendant completes their sentence and maintains good behavior in the future, it’s very likely they will qualify to have their criminal record expunged and/or sealed. If they commit another offense in the future, they can face severe penalties, and under Florida law, they may even qualify for prosecution as adults.
The age of a young person (juvenile) who comes within the jurisdiction of Florida’s juvenile courts is defined by state law. The youngest age at which a youth can be adjudicated delinquent is not specified by any statute, but the juvenile court has jurisdiction over offenses allegedly committed prior to a youth’s 18th birthday; after they turn 18 years old, the youth may be charged in adult court.
In most circumstances, juvenile court retains jurisdiction over youth until age 19. Additionally, the court may retain jurisdiction over a youth who is ordered to pay restitution until that restitution order has been satisfied. In special situations, depending on the offense and the reason for commitment, the juvenile court may retain jurisdiction over the youth until they turn 21 years old. If any substantial changes occur in the juvenile’s life, their parent or guardian is typically required to notify the court. It is also possible for a parent or guardian to request reasonable changes to a juvenile criminal court order in light of unexpected circumstances, such as medical emergencies or other crises.
It can be incredibly distressing for any parent to learn their child faces criminal prosecution as an adult. Prya Murad Law, PLLC, has specific experience in juvenile criminal defense and can help a parent make clearer sense of their child’s legal situation and the defensive options available to them.
As discussed above, some youth may be tried as adults. The circumstances for such an outcome will depend, but Florida generally has four ways that juveniles can be prosecuted as adults:
The juvenile justice system can be confusing to navigate, especially when there are a variety of alternatives available depending on the situation. If your child has been charged with a crime as a juvenile, reach out to Prya Murad Law, PLLC, for legal guidance. We can help you navigate juvenile court and, in more serious cases, adult court for youths.
Legal counsel you can trust is an invaluable asset when you or a loved one is faced with criminal prosecution for any offense. Even a seemingly minor charge can have dramatic repercussions on various aspects of your life, and this is especially true for a juvenile facing criminal charges. The outcome of their case could influence the rest of their life, from limiting education and employment opportunities to establishing a criminal record that will restrict various opportunities for years to come.
When you choose Prya Murad Law, PLLC, to represent your defense, you can expect our team to provide ongoing compassionate counsel through every stage of your proceedings. If you are a parent of a juvenile defendant facing any kind of criminal charges, the extreme emotional distress of the situation can be incredibly difficult to manage. The right attorney can provide invaluable support and guidance through all the proceedings you face, helping you make the most informed decisions you possibly can, given the stressful nature of this challenging situation.
In most cases, the best option for juvenile defendants is to argue for rehabilitation in lieu of punishment. However, this is very difficult for defendants with records of multiple offenses behind them. Florida imposes relatively strict penalties for many criminal offenses, so when a juvenile defendant faces prosecution as an adult, this can be especially difficult for their family.
Whatever your case may entail, you can expect full access to the entire scope of our team’s resources and experience. We’ll help you understand the charges in play, the best defensive options available, and the most likely outcomes of your case. Ultimately, no attorney can ever promise their client a certain outcome, but Prya Murad Law, PLLC, can ensure devoted professional attention from an experienced Miami juvenile defense attorney through every stage of your case.
The sooner you speak with an experienced Miami juvenile defense attorney, the more time they have to learn the details of your case and get to work defending you or your child. Juvenile law requires the attention of a defense attorney with solid professional experience handling defense in juvenile criminal court. The team at Prya Murad Law, PLLC, is ready to provide the comprehensive representation you need to approach your juvenile criminal case with peace of mind. Schedule an initial consultation with Prya Murad Law, PLLC, online to discuss your legal options in more detail.