Stuart, FL Juvenile Crime Defense Attorneys
Protecting Your Child's Legal Rights
Nobody wants their child to get caught up in the juvenile justice system or to be expelled from school. The negative consequences of juvenile detention or school expulsion can follow a child well into adulthood.
Children who are in trouble — with the law or with their school — deserve legal representation from protective and experienced attorneys who will take every possible step to guard your child against the negative consequences of a conviction for a juvenile crime or a school expulsion.
Gufford & Brandt, A Partnership of Professional Associations: Serving South Florida St. Lucie/Martin ∙ Indian River ∙ Palm Beach ∙ Okeechobee
Gufford & Brandt, A Partnership of Professional Associations is a local law firm with a major emphasis on juvenile law and education law. Our law firm is run by two attorneys with significant experience representing minors in juvenile delinquency proceedings and in school board hearings for expulsion.
One of the hallmarks of our law practice is our emphasis on client communication. We make every effort to make sure our clients — both the child and the parent — understands the legal process, their rights, our strategy, and the most likely outcome of the case.
Juvenile Delinquency: When Your Child Commits a CrimeThe same laws apply to children as apply to adults. In addition, minors can be charged with certain crimes due to their underage status. Gufford & Brandt, A Partnership of Professional Associations represents minors detained for any type of criminal behavior. Some of the more common crimes minors are charged with include:
The juvenile justice system moves quickly. If your child has been arrested (the official term is "detained,") he or she will be held at a juvenile detention facility — or at a jail if the child is deemed to be a threat. Minors do not need to post bail to be released. Instead, they will be released into the custody of a parent, and conditions similar to probation may be placed on the child. A hearing on the incident will be held shortly after the detention, so seek legal advice as early as possible.
If you are adjudicated delinquent of a felony crime as a juvenile, it will affect your life as an adult. For example, if you are adjudicated delinquent of a felony crime as a minor, you are prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition for the rest of your life. If you are subsequently caught possessing either one as an adult, you face a mandatory minimum of three years in prison.
Myth and fact: It is a myth that a minor's juvenile criminal record will be sealed once he or she turns 18. If you are adjudicated guilty in a juvenile proceeding, that fact can be used against a person in any future criminal prosecutions.
School Expulsion Hearings
A child who is being threatened with expulsion has the absolute legal right to a hearing before being expelled. Often, a lawyer's intervention is necessary in order to demand the proper hearing from the school or the school board. Gufford & Brandt's attorneys regularly represent children at school expulsion hearings. We attempt to negotiate a compromise solution that will address the school's concerns while still giving the child access to a good education. If, however, the school is wrong about the expulsion, the attorneys at Gufford & Brandt, A Partnership of Professional Associations will fight in front of the school board to correct the school’s mistake.
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If your child has been detained by police, or if your child is facing expulsion or suspension from school, Contact our office to schedule a free, and confidential, initial consultation with one of our lawyers. Send us an e-mail or call 772-919-8835.