A child’s arrest and charge of a juvenile criminal offense is a stressful time for any family. Initially, the State Attorney’s Office must review the facts and circumstances of the allegations of criminal conduct by the child and determine whether the child should be prosecuted in juvenile court or prosecuted as an adult. While all juveniles are classified as minors, not all minors will be treated as juveniles. Considering the main goal of the juvenile justice system is rehabilitation rather than punishment, it is crucial to attempt to keep any juvenile client from facing the severe penalties possible with the transfer into the adult court system.
After being taken into custody, it is possible for a juvenile client to avoid the courts by being placed in a diversion program, or a Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI). Eligibility for this program is again determined by the seriousness of the crime in question. Juvenile courts have their own individualized procedures. A possible punishment for conviction of a juvenile offense can be placement in a juvenile justice residential program, probation and/or house arrest. If the youth is placed in a residential program, the youth will remain in the care of the residential facility for up to 90 days if he or she is considered low risk, or up to 36 months if considered maximum risk. This firm has litigated thousands of criminal defense cases and is skilled in the representation of juvenile clients and their families.
Attorney Brian Gabriel is well acquainted with the rules, procedures, and individual prosecutors and judges who handle these cases and will work diligently to resolve any charges. This firm attempts to gather all information in order to have a better understanding of the reasons why the juvenile client now finds himself involved in the criminal justice system. Mr. Gabriel assists families in trying to adequately counsel and provide recommendations for professional help when necessary. If you have any questions regarding juvenile offenses and/or any other criminal defense litigation, do not hesitate to contact The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel at 561-622-5575.
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Attorney Brian Gabriel of Gabriel & Gabriel focuses in criminal defense. We handle all criminal defense matters including DUI, narcotics offenses, violent offenses, sexual offenses, domestic violence offenses, juvenile offenses, serious traffic offenses, as well as appeals, drivers license suspension and violation of parole/probation issues.
Serving all counties in the State of Florida including Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Broward Counties.
Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel, LLC
4601 Military Trail, Suite 206
Jupiter, FL 33458
Phone: (561) 622-5575
Fax: (561) 694-8116
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