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Juvenile Law

Juvenile law is different from adult criminal cases for many reasons. The goal here is not punishment, but rather rehabilitation. The courts are careful not to place a stigma or label on juveniles. 

This is why different terms are used in juvenile court. Instead of “Defendant,” they use the word, “Child.” Instead of “Guilty,” the child may be found “Delinquent,” and so on. 

There is no constitutional right to a jury trial for juvenile offenders. Their cases will be held before a juvenile court judge only.

The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is involved in every case and makes a recommendation to the court for sentencing. Additionally, the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure are not used. Instead, the juvenile courts use the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure which vary drastically.

There are specific rules regarding the detention of juveniles awaiting trial. If your Child has been arrested, your Child will appear before a judge within 24 hours. This is to determine whether the Child shall remain in secured detention (“custody”) or be released. This hearing is known as a detention hearing. 

This determination is made by a Detention Risk Assessment Instrument (DRAI) prepared by DJJ. As of July 2019, the DRAI has been amended to account for the Child’s right to counsel, allegations of abuse, prior contact with DJJ, and the State Attorney’s recommendation of release, among other things. Ensuring that your Child is represented at the detention hearing could be important in whether your Child is detained or released.

Juveniles can be taken into custody for the same crimes that adults commit, such as drug possession, petit theft, underage drinking, sex crimes, reckless driving, driving a motor vehicle without authorization, and shoplifting, to name a few.

If a juvenile is 14 years of age or older and they are charged with a criminal traffic offense, their case will be heard in adult court, not in juvenile court.

It is important not to delay in hiring experienced representation. Central Florida Attorney Brandon Gans is a former juvenile prosecutor. Prior to that, he worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice. 

Attorney Gans is knowledgeable in the Central Florida juvenile justice system. He knows what possible outcomes there are for juvenile clients, such as diversion programs, probation, and commitment programs, and helps them get the best outcome possible. 

Brandon Gans is an exceptional criminal defense attorney!! I was charged with possession and with Brandon’s extreme attentiveness to my individual needs and necessities to fulfill my case, it was dismissed! Gans Law comes HIGHLY recommended in my book. Brandon has a uniquely creative way of thinking outside the box and that is only one asset he used to produce stress-free results!

- Lizinda

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