From shoplifting and drug possession to sex crimes and murder — there is a wide range of offenses juveniles can be charged with. However, both the procedures and penalties are different than for adults facing these types of crimes.
For less severe charges and first-time offenses, juveniles may sometimes be accepted into certain programs that give them the opportunity to have their charges dropped in exchange for community service.
In other situations, a juvenile will be placed in detention.
Different Types Of Detention Programs
Depending on the risk, there are different types of residential detention facilities:
- Minimum Risk — These detention programs allow children who pose little to no risk to themselves or their communities to continue attending work and/or school while they complete their service.
- Low Risk — In these detention programs, juveniles who do not pose a serious risk to themselves and the public are placed in campus-like facilities and given full access to their communities.
- Moderate Risk — Juveniles in these programs are under 24-hour supervision in locked facilities and are only granted limited supervised release.
- High Risk — These programs prohibit incarcerated juveniles access to their community during their term of service. But upon completion of the program, the child is allowed to visit home, sign up for school, or attend a job interview during his or her last few days of detention.
- Maximum Risk — These programs are basically long-term prisons for juveniles in which the children are incarcerated and have no access to their communities.
Juvenile Offenses Do Not Need To Haunt Your Child For Life
When juveniles are charged with a crime, it immediately puts their future at stake.
If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime in St. Johns County or anywhere in Northeast Florida, it is vital to ensure that they are represented by an experienced attorney who has the expertise to limit the penalties your child faces.
Our juvenile crime attorneys at Canan Law are experienced with handling juvenile matters. We can help to minimize the severity of consequences and protect your child from any lasting repercussions he or she could face in the years to come.
We understand what's at stake and will fight hard to get the charges dropped or find an alternative, less severe option for their service.
Don't Chance It. Hire An Experienced Juvenile Defense Attorney To Mitigate Future Repercussions
If you need a lawyer who will fight to protect your child's future, contact our lawyers at Canan Law for a consultation today. You can reach us online or call our St. Augustine and St. John's offices at 904-217-6209.