Tampa Juvenile Crime Lawyer
Being charged with a crime as a minor can be terrifying. You may be unaware of your options, how the juvenile system works, whether or not you’ll be allowed to remain in your home, and what the short- and long-term consequences of being part of the juvenile system may be. At the office of Trombley & Hanes, we are passionate about providing attentive legal representation to youth involved in the juvenile system. If you or your child is facing juvenile charges, call our Tampa juvenile crime lawyer directly today to learn more about your options and how we can help.
A juvenile is a person who has not attained his eighteenth birthday, and juvenile delinquency is the violation of a law committed by a person prior to his eighteenth birthday which would have been a crime if committed by an adult. A number of states consider persons to be adults for purposes of criminal prosecution at an age younger than eighteen years of age.
In Florida, most Circuits have a Juvenile Court Division handling all felony and misdemeanor cases, including felony traffic offenses, committed by individuals under the age of eighteen. Misdemeanor traffic offenses are typically handled in County Court.
Types of Juvenile Crimes We Work On
Our lawyers are passionate about representing youth who are part of the juvenile justice system, and feel confident in our ability to provide attentive legal representation on all juvenile criminal matters. Common types of juvenile crime cases we work on include:
- Driving offenses, including driving without a permit or license, driving while impaired, and criminal traffic offenses
- Theft offenses, including petty theft and grand theft charges
- Offenses at school, including property crimes committed at schools, assault crimes, etc.
- Drug and alcohol offenses, including illegal possession/use and distribution
- Violent offenses, including assault and sex crimes
If you or your child is facing juvenile offenses related to one of the above or something else, please reach out to us directly today. Our lawyers can start working on your case directly.
Understanding the Juvenile Criminal System
The juvenile justice process can be overwhelming and intimidating. Our lawyers are here to provide an understanding and support throughout the process of navigating juvenile criminal charges. After making contact with a law enforcement officer and being arrested/having charges placed against the juvenile, the juvenile will be taken into custody. Within 24 hours of being taken into custody, the youth will appear before a judge, who will make a determination about the need for continued detention supervision—this is called the Detention Risk Assessment Instrument, or DRAI.
After the DRAI is completed, the youth will either be held in a secure detention center or will await a court date while at home. During juvenile court, the youth has the right to an attorney, the right to a trial by a judge, the right to call their own witnesses, the right to remain silent, and the right to have their guilt proved by the prosecution beyond a reasonable doubt.
Call a Tampa Juvenile Crime Attorney Today
Having your child arrested and charged with a juvenile crime can be a heartbreaking and a terrifying thing. At the law office of Trombley & Hanes, we have experience representing youth throughout the juvenile process and working with them and their parents to secure the best outcome possible. If your child is facing juvenile charges, the best thing that you can do is to hire a qualified Tampa Juvenile Crime lawyer to start working on their case as soon as possible. We are ready to help. Reach us today by phone or online to get started.