A Juvenile is anyone under the age of 18. When a juvenile gets picked up by the police, they are taken to a “juvenile detention center” until they can see a Judge the next morning.
If your child or a child you know has been picked up by law enforcement and is being held by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), also known as the Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), call Rebecca right away so she can go see your child and assess the situation. Being at a juvenile’s court date the morning after arrest is also important. Rebecca can advocate on your child’s behalf at this hearing. A parent or person close to the child may also address the court.
Some juveniles can be charged as adults if the nature of the charge is severe. Getting legal representation early is critical to impact whether a child will be charged as a juvenile or an adult.
Working with family members is an important aspect to helping a juvenile move beyond a charge and prepare for a successful future. Rebecca welcomes input from family and friends regarding the welfare of your juvenile.
Rebecca has successfully advocated for juveniles in her 15 years of practice. Call 727-471-3555 today or request a free consultation.
Case Summary & Outcomes
FELONY POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA
Facts: Juvenile is a backseat passenger of a vehicle stopped by the Pinellas Park Police Department when the driver spun his tires unnecessarily to generate a high rate of speed from his stopped position. The police smelled marijuana and ordered all 5 juveniles out of the car. In front of juvenile client was a backpack with a felony amount of marijuana inside. Police claim it belonged to client. Juvenile client is assessed by a Drug Recognition Expert, found to be impaired, and is sent to the Pinellas County Juvenile Alcohol Rehabilitation Facility (JARF).
Outcome: Client hired Hamilton Law to take his case to trial. Hamilton Law took depositions, had them transcribed and took the case to trial. Rebecca successfully obtained a NOT GUILTY verdict, preventing a felony conviction and mandatory driver’s license suspension.
Juvenile Prosecution Hillsborough County January 2012: 2012-CJ-XXX
14 year old Juvenile was referred for prosecution for felony transmission of pornography over the internet after “sexting” other students at school email video clips. This case had the potential of a “sexual predator and or sexual offender” designation status, following the student the rest of their life. This case was handled by Hamilton Law Services early and aggressively, included correspondence with law enforcement, parents and grandparents, as well as mental health professionals. This case was NOT PROSECUTED by the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office.