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Florida Juvenile Justice System

If your son or daughter has been arrested or charged with a crime, the potential penalties can be severe and have a long-lasting impact upon your child’s future. Regardless of the seriousness of the offense, we know that juveniles make mistakes and these mistakes can be devastating.

When a minor is facing criminal charges, our legal team is committed to doing everything possible to protect that juvenile. Each Sarasota juvenile attorney at Fowler Law Group has years of experience representing youths in the Florida Juvenile Justice System. Whether a child is dealing with a drug-related offense, theft crime, burglary, battery or any other type of criminal charge, we work with youths and their families to achieve the best possible outcome.

The Florida Juvenile Justice System treats youths differently from adults. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice operates “under a strategy of redirection and rehabilitation.” Unlike the adult system, which is punitive in nature, Florida’s juvenile justice system focuses on providing treatment and services that “effect positive behavioral change” in juvenile offenders. Florida Statute 985.02 provides that the juvenile justice system was established to protect the public by preventing and reducing delinquency and aims to develop methods and initiatives that:

  • Maintain and strengthen families so that children can remain in their own homes and communities;
  • Divert youth away from the traditional juvenile justice system, offer early intervention in juvenile delinquency and provide alternatives to institutionalization;
  • Offer cost-effective programming and provide quality services and skilled personnel; and
  • Allow local governments, public agencies and private organizations to operate treatment programs aimed at rehabilitating youth and to conduct delinquency prevention research, evaluation and training services.

Juvenile Justice System Process

If you are dealing with Florida’s Juvenile Justice System for the first time, you are probably wondering what will happen to your child. There are many steps in the juvenile justice process and a Sarasota juvenile lawyer at Fowler Law Group can help guide and navigate you through all stages of the process. Our legal team knows how the Florida juvenile justice system operates. As a former Sarasota County Juvenile Prosecutor, James Fowler has an intimate understanding of the juvenile justice system. We know that you and your child may be feeling scared and overwhelmed and we are here to help.

While most cases involving youths will be handled in the juvenile justice system, certain felony offenses and violent crimes may be tried in adult criminal court. Unlike the juvenile system, Florida’s adult criminal justice system does not focus on rehabilitation. Because the adult criminal justice system is far more punitive in nature, our firm takes all steps possible to avoid juveniles being tried as adults.

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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.