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Volusia County Sheriff to Charge Parents Fines for Threats

Volusia County Sheriff to Charge Parents Fines for Threats

Teenagers in one central Florida county have gone too far, according to a disgruntled sheriff. Sheriff Mike Chitwood of Volusia County has proposed issuing steep fines to parents of students who invent school shooting threats. He believes holding the parents accountable will put an end to their proliferation and force parents to be more involved …

Teen Auto Theft Spirals Out of Control in Pinellas County

Teens in Pinellas County have brought the notorious game Grand Theft Auto into the third-dimension. An epidemic of underage kids strikes every night, stealing cars and going for joy rides. In the process, they destroy the cars they steal, risk their lives, and endanger others. On occasion, they die in the process. The issue has …

Escambia County Leads the Nation in Charging Juveniles as Adults

More kids in Florida wind up in adult prisons than in any other state. That’s because in Florida, more kids are prosecuted as adults for felony crimes. Within the state, one county stands out in particular for sending the highest proportion of juveniles to the adult court system: Escambia County in the Florida panhandle. From …

Looking to Juvenile Justice in 2014

Blog from Attorney Anne Wedge-McMillen In this New Year time of transition and new beginnings, I have had the opportunity to review and consult with several juvenile clients. One theme recurs again and again – juveniles suspected of committing crimes are being interrogated by law enforcement officers without any knowledge of their rights. Now I …

Florida Law Governing Juvenile Bullies who Behave Criminally

In recent years, the media has devoted a great deal of attention to the subject of bullying. Research indicates that bullying can have a devastating effect on those who are targeted. In addition, bullying behavior can scar those who target others as well. It is important for Florida parents to teach their children to refrain …

Parents: Don’t Let a Battery Charge Ruin Your Kid’s Future

On September 20, 2013 a fight broke out between two eighth graders that attend Palmer High School. A 13-year-old was charged with assault and battery after allegedly choking a fellow classmate (age 13) on high school grounds. The suspect held the victim in a choke hold for 12 seconds causing him to fall unconsciously to the ground. The victim …

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Affects Juveniles Sentenced in Florida

Last week was an eventful one for the United States Supreme Court. The justices tackled immigration, healthcare and declined to revisit its ruling in Citizens United. In addition, the Court resolved some significant issues related to mandatory sentences for juveniles. The Supreme Court issued decisions in two cases: Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Arkansas. In …

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