A juvenile crime is a criminal act that is committed by a minor (person below the legal age of 18). In Florida, the most common types of juvenile crimes usually involve drugs, underage drinking, violation of probation, or violence. When juveniles commit criminal offenses, they can be arrested and be charged with a crime. They will then have to go through the juvenile criminal process, which can be very stressful for them and their families.
Having a skilled criminal attorney in your corner will play a major role in the way your juvenile crime case is handled by the courts. For instance, certain juvenile offenses will be prosecuted as adult crimes, with adult penalties. A defense lawyer will be able to negotiate with the prosecution in order to work to have those charges lowered. We at Tesmond Law are dedicated to helping minors who have been arrested or charged with a juvenile crime.