Legal Help for Minors & Underage Juveniles Charged with a Crime
If your child, family member or underage minor was charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime, you need an experienced juvenile defense attorney who knows the Florida Juvenile Justice Department procedures well. Sometimes teenagers and adolescents can be charged as adults even though they are children. Children charged with a crime are often given a second chance, as long as their juvenile crime lawyer can make a good case for their defense.
A Juvenile Criminal Record Can Affect You In Sentencing or Trying to Post Bond
It is important that you and your child take their juvenile case seriously!
- A juvenile delinquent act can affect your ability to possess a firearm as an adult!
- A juvenile crime can affect whether you go prison as an adult!
Florida Criminal Statute 790.23 (Felons and delinquents; possession of firearms, ammunition, or electric weapons or devices) makes it illegal and a 2nd degree felony for anyone under the age of 24 to have in his care, custody, control, or possession any firearm, ammunition, or electric weapon or device, or to carry a concealed weapon if that person has been found to have committed a delinquent act that would have been a felony if committed by an adult. Therefore, if you are found to have committed a juvenile act that would be a felony in adult court, you can not possess a firearm until you are over the age of 24. If you are accused of having one, you’re going to need an experienced juvenile crime lawyer to help you.
The Affect of Juvenile Crimes on Felony Scoresheets in Florida
In addition to the restrictions that a juvenile conviction have on your ability to possess a weapon, juvenile acts can affect your Scoresheet in felony court. When someone is convicted of a juvenile felony in Florida, a Scoresheet is prepared.
If you score greater than 44 points on the Scoresheet, you score out to a prison sentence in adult court.
Juvenile Crimes in Adult Felony Scoresheet Calculation
Felony scoresheet points depend on numerous factors, one of which is your juvenile record! Under Florida Criminal Statute 921.0021, any juvenile offense committed within 5 years of the adult criminal offense, are included on the Scoresheet that determines whether or not you will be sentenced to prison as an adult.
Juvenile Sex Crimes Included in Adult Scoresheet
Juvenile sex offenses can be included on the Scoresheet under “Prior Record” even if they occurred more than 5 years prior to the adult crime if the individual has not maintained a conviction-free record for 5 consecutive years.
It is important that you take your juvenile crime/delinquent act seriously because the outcome may have seriously affect you as an adult.
Please call for more information regarding your Juvenile cases. My extensive experience as a defense attorney for juvenile crimes means I have an established relationship in dealing with the courts and prosecutors. Please call my office and allow me to answer your questions, help you with your arrest, and protect your rights in court. Do not leave the outcome to this serious charge to chance, call now to get help with juvenile charges!
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No. Parents cannot send a child to juvenile incarceration unless the latter’s actions are incorrigible, repeated, and regular acts of disobedience and direct violation of lawful commands. The child must also be convicted with actual criminal behavior, which is imposed by the legal system.
A criminal law scoresheet is a legal document used by a prosecutor to determine the appropriate sentencing for you. This is a requirement under Florida law, and you most likely will not have the same score sheet with another person since it is worked out by going through a series of calculations.
There are two types of punishment that the court can impose on you: Incarceration options and non-incarceration options for juvenile delinquents. Punishments included under incarceration options are home confinement, juvenile jail, adult jail, and blended sentence. Some examples of non-incarceration options are verbal warning, fines, counseling, community service, and probation.
There are different factors considered in calculating your scoresheet. Every factor is assigned a number. The first factor is your primary offense (your most serious charge). The second is the additional offenses you’ve committed (this section won’t be filled in if you’ve been charged with only one count). The third factor is concerned with your previous records.
There’s a small difference between a minor and a juvenile. In the sense of the law, a juvenile, which indicates legality, is a young person accused of a crime. On the other hand, a minor refers to somebody who is not yet an adult, at least in the eyes of the law.
Some of the most common crimes committed by juveniles include simple assault due to fighting incidents, underage drinking violations, shoplifting, other petty theft charges, vandalism, graffiti charges, and joyriding.