Property crimes like theft, burglary, car theft and shoplifting are among the most common crimes that juveniles are charged with committing. If the young person actually did commit the crime - and that's certainly not always the case - it's often because they were pushed into it by their peers.
Handling Serious Juvenile Charges
Many young people in the Florida juvenile justice system enter into plea bargains that may have serious consequences later in life, preventing them from serving in the military, from getting hired for some jobs or for getting financial aid for school.
The juvenile justice system is supposed to be concerned with rehabilitation of young people facing criminal charges. This means that a juvenile judge can "sentence" a juvenile offender to counseling or a therapy program, to an after-school program or to a work program if they are found guilty of theft, burglary or stealing a car. In some cases, the criminal defense attorney can persuade the state to send your child to a diversion intervention program, where upon completion, charges will be dropped.
Penalties For Juvenile Theft Charges
The penalties for a conviction on a juvenile theft charge are serious, but differ from adult penalties. In juvenile cases, the judge has more flexibility with which to assign consequences and determine them based on the specific situation. Some of the penalties a juvenile may be facing and resolution options they may have include:
- Paying restitution to the victim (a person, store or other entity)
- Confinement in a juvenile detention facility
- Paying fines
- Diversion programs to be completed and charges dismissed
- Mandatory counseling
- Community service
Contact Juvenile Theft Attorney
Our Orlando juvenile defense lawyers have decades of experience defending young people in the Florida juvenile justice system. We're here to protect your child's rights and to help him or her receive the help needed to stay out of court in the future.
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