Bradenton Juvenile Attorney Helping Youths Across Manatee County
As a parent, you raise your children with the best intentions, teaching them the difference between right and wrong and the importance of obeying the law. However, many juveniles find themselves on the wrong side of the law, not because they are a bad kid or do not have morals, but because everyone at some point in their life makes a mistake and unfortunately some of us get caught. Defending juveniles that are facing criminal charges requires specific knowledge and understanding of the Juvenile Justice System. At Fowler Law Group, P.A. our Bradenton juvenile attorney, James Fowler, is a former juvenile prosecutor. Mr. Fowler has handled hundreds of juvenile criminal cases ranging from minor misdemeanors (petit theft, possession of marijuana, battery, possession of alcohol by a minor, etc.) to serious felonies (burglary, sex offense, grand theft, etc.).
If your child is facing juvenile crime charges in Manatee County, it is important for you to become informed about the Florida juvenile justice system process and your child’s legal rights in the State of Florida. Understanding the juvenile court process allows parents and guardians to better support their child as they navigate this process. A respected and experienced Bradenton juvenile lawyer at Fowler Law Group can advise you of your child’s best legal options and walk you and your child through the Florida juvenile justice system.
At Fowler Law Group, we understand the emotions that a parent goes through when their child is accused of committing a crime. We also know that things are not always black and white, and that there may be special circumstances that apply to these charges.
Repercussions of Juvenile Crimes in Manatee County
Criminal cases for children who are under the age of eighteen (18) are referred to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Unlike the adult court system, the juvenile justice system’s main goal is to rehabilitate juvenile offenders and release them back into the community as productive members of society. This is not to say that Florida juveniles do not face heavy consequences. Once a juvenile is arrested, he or she will either be released to their parents or spend up to twenty (21) days in a juvenile detention center while they wait for their next court date.
Depending on the nature of the crime, most first time juvenile offenders can participate in classes, perform community service, enter a diversion program, or attend counseling. Sanctions for repeat offenders or for those charged with more serious crimes may include probation, juvenile detention programs, or juvenile prison sentences lasting from 18 to 36 months. Under certain circumstances, a juvenile can even be tried as an adult.
Experience and Respected Bradenton Juvenile Attorney
If your child has been arrested for a criminal offense, please do not attempt to navigate Florida’s juvenile justice system without competent representation. You need an experienced and respected criminal defense team to protect your rights and ensure the best possible outcome to your child’s case. Fowler Law Group offers free consultations. A Bradenton juvenile lawyer at our firm will take the time to help you understand what to expect as your child’s criminal case moves forward; regardless of whether you choose to hire our firm or not.
Sealing Your Child’s Criminal History
If your child already has a criminal record, it is important to have that record sealed as soon as possible. In Florida, a criminal record can negatively affect your son or daughter’s entire future, and can affect his or her ability to find a job, maintain relationships, and even travel outside of the country. By having your child’s juvenile records sealed, or expunged, you are offering them a chance to enter adulthood without a criminal record hindering his or her opportunities. Contact our law firm today to get more information on how to get this process started.
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Fowler Law Group proudly represents the citizens of Sarasota and Manatee Counties as well as the surrounding Tampa Bay area. Our experienced team will help guide you through the judicial process and answer all of your questions with honesty and integrity. We understand the important nature of your call, and we will strive to return all calls within 24 hours. Contact us today by completing our online form or calling us at 941-404-8909.