Juvenile Crime Defense Attorneys in Gainesville
Recently, there has been an increase in the number of minors facing criminal charges. In Florida, any child under the age of 18 is considered a juvenile. If a child is under the age of 18 and arrested for a criminal charge, they will be tried in a juvenile court. However, if the crime is severe enough, charges could be brought against the child in adult court. If the child is brought to adult court, they could also face the same penalties an adult would, meaning the child could be sent to prison just like an adult. Putting a child in adult court could have serious life-altering consequences, and it is important that they receive the most qualified and experienced legal representation to ensure they are not put into any precarious situations.
Even if a child avoids adult court and is tried in juvenile court, the long-term consequences could still be devastating to their future. Even though records in juvenile court are not accessible to the general public, there are certain government agencies, schools, or employers have the ability to request copies of the records. To prevent any major strikes on a child’s record, parents should seriously consider hiring an expert criminal defense attorney.
Get the Legal Help You Deserve
At DeCarlis & Sawyer, our lawyers will work with parents and children one-on-one in order to build the strongest case possible. We understand the consequences your child could be facing in juvenile or adult court, and like you, we want the best possible outcome. If your child has been charged and is facing trial in either juvenile or adult court, contact us for your initial complimentary consultation. No fees apply unless one of our skilled attorneys wins your case.