Role of Juvenile Probation Officer

Broward County Juvenile lawyer William R. Moore

In many cases, the court refers the case to a JPO for recommending the next step. This is called the intake process where the officer will reviews the charging report, and contacts the family of the juvenile for detailed biographical information. According to our Criminal Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale, the JPO is an important part of the the litigation process. 

“This information will include details about the family, information about the child’s activities, performance at school, and other related details. After assessing this information and the charges, the JPO will provide a recommendation and intake report, on resolving the charges, to the court.” –William Moore, Broward County

If you or your child have been charged with a crime, contact William R. Moore, , which has experienced south Florida criminal defense lawyers with offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties.  Criminal Defense Attorneys at our law firm handle all types of criminal defense, including DUI, assault, drug possession, and others.

Pre-Trial Diversion Programs

If the child is a first-time offender, the charges can be dropped if the child successfully completes the ordered diversion program. These programs have certain sanctions and rules, which may include community service, victim restitution, counseling, and so on.

“If the juvenile does not stick to the rules and sanctions of the diversion program, prosecution is restarted and charges are reinstated.” –William Moore Criminal Defense – Broward Florida criminal lawyers

References

Juvenile Justice Law, Florida Statutes

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

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Arrest and Detention of Juveniles

Juvenile defense attorney William R. Moore

After being arrested for violating any law, the juvenile is take to a JAC (Juvenile Assessment Center), where the it will be determined if detention is required. When detention is necessary, the JAC staff will have to contact the parents of the juvenile, and take the child to the county’s juvenile detention center, where the crime was allegedly committed. After being detained at the juvenile detention center, the child has to be produced before the juvenile court within 24 hours of the detention, for a hearing.  Contact our Criminal Juvenile Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale to discuss representation options. 

“At this hearing the defense lawyer has to represent the child and provide grounds for his or her release, while the case is kept pending. If release is denied, the child is detained; however, the detention facility is only a temporary program until the case is resolved.” –Broward criminal defense lawyer William R. Moore Florida 

 Instead of making a formal arrest, in most cases involving third degree felony or misdemeanor offenses, the counselor of DJJ (Department of Juvenile Justice) will issue a “Juvenile Notice to Appear”, to the legal guardian, parent, or adult relative of the juvenile. This notice, directs the parent to detain the child and ensure the child appears for the arraignment.

Detention Hearing

“At the detention hearing, the judge will decide after hearing the defense lawyer and prosecution, whether the juvenile can be let free or kept in detention until the case is tried. The judge will consider the aspects of the case, and evaluate whether the juvenile poses any danger to the public or the victim. If release is not granted by the judge, then the juvenile can be detained for not more than 21 days at the center. In certain cases, detention can be extended to not more than 30 days. If release is granted, the judge can also order the juvenile, not to have contact with witness/s or the victim/s.” –FL Defense

If you or your child have been charged with a crime, contact William R. Moore, , which has experienced south Florida criminal defense lawyers with offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties.  Criminal Defense Attorneys at our law firm handle all types of criminal defense, including DUI, assault, drug possession, and others.

Juvenile Defense Attorney William R. Moore

1 Financial Plaza Suite 2500
Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33394
USA

(954)523-5333
williammoorelaw@aol.com
wrdefense@gmail.com

Broward County Office
1 Financial Plaza Suite 2500
Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33394
USA

Contact Criminal Defense Attorney William R. Moore
(954)523-5333
williammoorelaw@aol.com
wrdefense@gmail.com

 

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The Broad Range of Juvenile Crimes

juvenile laws in florida

“When a child violates any law or commits a delinquent act, he or she is prosecuted in a juvenile court. All Florida circuit courts have jurisdiction to prosecute juvenile crimes; however, it will not be a jury trial and the case will be decided by a judge. The child will be prosecuted when a law enforcement officer files a delinquent complain against the child, for allegedly committing a misdemeanor or felony offense, violation of local ordinance, or contempt of court.” –WM Moore, Criminal Defense Lawyer Fort Lauderdale

Any charges filed against a child or possible convictions can seriously affect the overall well-being, reputation, and future livelihood of the child. Therefore, any accusations have to be treated seriously and aggressively defended by a lawyer who is well experienced with juvenile cases.

“A juvenile defense lawyer will first determine if the prosecution has proper evidence for proving all aspects of the alleged offense. Secondly, the lawyer will also conduct an independent investigation to determine the facts of the incident and use all information gathered to prove the innocence of the child or mitigate the penalty.” –Juvenile defense attorney William Moore Florida 

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