Fort Lauderdale Juvenile Defense Lawyer
Protect Your Future with an Aggressive Defense
If your child was arrested for a crime, you need a lawyer with the skill and experience to handle the case. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we are committed to helping parents like you protect their children's futures through effective juvenile defense representation. Juvenile crimes involve a unique set of complications not found in other areas of criminal defense, and contrary to popular belief, a conviction will not necessarily disappear when your child turns 18 years old.
Contact our office today to see how the Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. can help you. We offer free and confidential consultations!
Types of Juvenile Crimes
The term "juvenile crime" refers to a broad range offense handled by juvenile courts.
Some of the common juvenile crimes in Florida include:
- Theft crimes, such as shoplifting
- Property crimes, including vandalism
- Violent crimes, such as assault and battery
- Drug crimes, including drug possession
- Underage drinking and underage DUI
These crimes are not limited to juveniles (including underage drinking and DUI, which applies to adults less than 21 years old), but they are more common among young offenders.
Who is Legally a "Juvenile" in Florida?
In most cases, the court labels anyone between the ages of 10 and 18 a juvenile. There are exceptions to this rule, though, such as older juveniles who commit violent crimes or felony offenses. These cases may be tried in adult criminal court. In juvenile court, young offenders are offered special protection and provisions that are not available to adult defendants. For example, it is often easier for a juvenile to get an expungement if their case is handled in juvenile court.
How Hager & Schwartz, P.A. Can Help You
If your child has been arrested for a juvenile offense, time is of the essence. For this reason, it would be wise to get in touch with the defense attorneys at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. as soon as possible. Having worked as former prosecutors, our lawyers have experience on both sides of the courtroom. They also share decades of legal experience, so don’t want to give us a call!
Are you ready to speak with a lawyer? Call our office 24/7 to schedule your free consultation with a Fort Lauderdale juvenile defense attorney. We can help you explore your legal options.