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Handling Tampa, Florida Criminal Cases Involving Juveniles

Juvenile in handcuffs

This is the first post which will discuss the handling of Tampa, Florida cases in which a juvenile has been arrested. I feel it is necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, parents may be worried and unsure of what to do when their son or daughter is in trouble. It is important to understand that your child has many of the same rights as an adult and that there are steps you can take to help keep them “out of the system.” The goal of my coming articles is to help parents understand what steps they can take in such a situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will help people make an informed decision when they are selecting a criminal defense attorney. If you require assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I will be addressing several issues over the course of this series. These issues will include:

  • Differences between the adult and juvenile systems
  • What to expect from the Juvenile Court process
  • Dealing with drug charges which involve minors
  • Dealing with charges which involve guns and/or violence

These are important topics for a parent to understand. First, the adult system is considered “criminal” in nature while the juvenile system is considered “civil” and not interested in punishment of a youth. In practical terms, however, these tend to be distinctions with little difference as a youth offender can find themselves facing legal proceedings and possible incarceration. Second, understanding what to expect from the Juvenile Court process can help parents to be fully prepared while their case moves forward. Third, some of the most common charges against a minor are those which involve drugs. It is important to understand how a youth's rights can be protected in such cases. Finally, youths who commit crimes of violence will face serious consequences. It is important that their rights be fully protected.

One point I cannot stress enough is that you should contact a lawyer immediately if your young one has been arrested. Too often, parents allow their child to accept an immediate agreement in order to put their case behind them. Such cases, again, have consequences which can harm your young one's future. By making sure that the case is handled correctly, from the outset, you can potentially put your youth on a path towards success.

As a Tampa juvenile defense attorney, I am able to assist with such cases. Contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation.

Omar also serves clients in Bradenton, Brandon, Clearwater, Lakeland, Largo, Palm Harbor, Sarasota, Spring Hill, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

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