"Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies"
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.
If your child has been charged with theft, shoplifting, or a property crime in central Florida, he or she needs a strong defense. Don't plead guilty before you talk with a lawyer.
Serious Charges Need Experienced Representation
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
Is Your Child On The Wrong Side Of The Law?
At The Umansky Law Firm, we have been handling juvenile theft cases for years. Founding attorney Bill Umansky is actively involved in Florida's juvenile court system and serves as a judge in the Orange County Teen Court program. We know the alternative sentencing options and programs in central Florida and work to have your child admitted to a program, rather than serving time in a juvenile detention facility. You need to take any juvenile criminal charge seriously, because the consequences can be serious. Get your child the help he or she needs.
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.
Get your son or daughter the representation he or she needs if he or she has been arrested for stealing, theft, shoplifting or burglary. Contact us online or call 407-228-3838 day or night.
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