Juvenile Offenses Attorney

When a minor gets arrested or is under investigation, you need the right criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville. Not all criminal lawyers work with juvenile offenders. Make sure you choose an experienced attorney to ensure your family member will get the best possible defense.

Juvenile cases need to be handled with great care since any conviction could change their life forever. If convicted, the charges could become a part of their permanent criminal records, which may cause issues with academic admission, employment, union certification, licensing and other professional job necessities.

Before you allow your child to speak with anybody, make sure you have a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side. Call Tassone, Dreicer, & Hill today.

Types of Juvenile Offenses

There are several different types of crimes a minor may be charged with. However, some are more common than others including:

  • Vandalism
  • Trespassing
  • Underage Drinking
  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Using a Fake ID
  • Theft/Shoplifting
  • Violent Crimes
  • Gang-related Activities

Serious crimes can be committed by minors, such as armed robbery or even murder. In these cases, the prosecutor may request the juvenile be charged as an adult. You need one of the very best Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers with experience with juvenile cases. Putting your case in the hands of Tassone, Dreicer, & Hill will ensure the child receives a complete defense from an experienced attorney.

Punishments for Juvenile Offenses

When a juvenile offender goes before the judge, a decision may be made not to levy any punishment. The judge can also choose to use probation as the punishment or one of many levels of detention including:

  • Minimum-Risk Non-Residential - This program allows the child to attend school or work during the program. The child will need to attend the program five days a week.
  • Low-Risk Residential - Another program a judge may choose puts your child in a campus-like environment with full access to the community.
  • Moderate-Risk Residential - A locked facility with 24/7 supervision, this program allows for some supervised release. Treatment and education will be provided within the building, as well.
  • High-Risk Residential - Those placed in this juvenile program will not have any access to the community. If the juvenile completes the program, they will be able to visit their home, go to a job interview, or enroll in school on their last days.
  • Maximum-Risk Residential - This is a prison for juveniles with no access to the community.

Those convicted of gun crimes, life felonies, sex crimes or first degree felonies will not be eligible for Minimum-risk or Low-risk programs.

When a minor has been arrested and charged with a crime, you need the right Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer on your side. Juvenile offenses are taken very seriously and a prosecutor may push to have your child tried as an adult. Make sure you hire the very best attorney possible for your child's case.

If a child has been arrested and charged with a crime, Contact The Law Offices of Tassone, Dreicer, & Hill today or call us at 904-396-3344.