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Juvenile Offenses Put a Skilled and Trial-Proven Attorney in Your Corner

Juvenile Offense Lawyer in Miami

Also Protecting Clients throughout Fort Lauderdale

Anyone who is alleged to have committed a violation of law prior to their 18th birthday is under the jurisdiction of juvenile law. Juvenile offenders and their parents are frequently confused about how the state's juvenile justice system works and what possible penalties children might face. The good news is that these young offenders are often eligible for diversion programs that focus more on rehabilitation than punishment. The Miami juvenile offense lawyer at The Hoffman Firm helps young people fight criminal charges.

Call us at (305) 928-1669 if you are in Miami, or 954-737-3004 if you are in Broward County, to schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Common Types of Juvenile Charges in Florida

Technically, a person under the age of 18 can be charged with most any violation of the law that an adult can. Juvenile arrests, however, typically stem from many of the same kinds of alleged crimes.

A few of the offenses that juveniles are most frequently charged with include:

In the cases of first-time misdemeanor offenses, police officers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale may issue citations to alleged juvenile offenders instead of placing them under arrest. The Civil Citation Program (CCP) still involves treatment that may include community service, counseling, and/or drug testing.

Criminal Process for Juveniles vs. Adults

When a juvenile is arrested in Florida, the police may take the minor to a Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) for intake to determine if they need to be placed in a secure detention facility or be released to a parent or guardian either with a referral to a juvenile diversion program.

In certain cases, juveniles may be prosecuted in adult courts, but it is generally more favorable for alleged offenders to be tried as a child rather than an adult. Alleged offenders in juvenile cases have the right to a lawyer and their guilt still must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Juveniles do not, however, have the right to a jury trial as their cases are decided by the judges who hear the cases.

Juvenile courts in Florida generally try to focus on rehabilitation rather than imprisonment, but the nature of an alleged offense or prior criminal records can lead to some alleged juvenile offenders not being accepted for diversion programs. In such cases, the court sentence convicts juveniles to prison, probation, or other penalties, but a criminal defense attorney can help negotiate to achieve the most favorable outcome.

How We Can Help

Attorney Evan Hoffman is a former prosecutor who represents alleged juvenile offenders in Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Any arrest can have serious potential long-term consequences, but this is especially true when the alleged offender is a child. Criminal records can have severe impact when it comes to future academic careers and employment. However, we want to help young people find better alternatives for incarceration to avoid losing out on a hopeful future.

Depending on the criminal history of an alleged juvenile offender, some alternative penalties can include:

  • Community service
  • Counseling
  • Curfew
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Drug treatment
  • Fines
  • House arrest
  • Juvenile detention center sentence
  • Letters of apology
  • Mandatory attendance in self-improvement program
  • Probation
  • Restitution
  • Teen Court jury duty

It is important to seek the help of a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible for help ensuring that you or your child can have adjudication withheld or be accepted into a program that can help avoid a criminal record. An attorney can work to help achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case.

Give us a call at (305) 928-1669 today if you are in Miami. Call us at 954-737-3004 if you are in Broward County.

Why Should You Choose The Hoffman Firm?

Here Are Six Reasons
  • Client-Focused Representation

    Our Firm is dedicated to client satisfaction. We are available 24/7 to help those in need.

  • Decades of Experience

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has over two decades of experience fighting for the accused.

  • Premier Criminal Defense Firm

    Experienced Attorney Evan Hoffman has handled some of the most high profile and complex cases.

  • Proven Track Record

    Client satisfaction is our top priority. At The Hoffman Firm we take great pride in our success and case victories.

  • Florida Former State Prosecutor

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has extensive knowledge of the strategies used by prosecutors throughout Florida.

  • Free Initial Consultation

    We offer free initial consultations to ensure that we have your best interests in mind.

Hear it From Our Clients

Read What Past Clients Had to Say
  • “As busy as he is, I was always able to get a hold of him. He provided me his personal cell phone and I was always able to text him if I had any questions.”

    - John
  • “Evan was able to get all my charges dismissed and now 6 months after the worst mistake of my life (getting arrested), Evan was able to give me my life back.”

    - Stacy
  • “I cannot say enough great things about Evan and his staff. He helped me and he will help you too. Call Evan if you are ever in legal trouble.”

    - Armando
  • “I know that I am grateful for all of Evan's hard work and can without a doubt recommend him to my friends, family and all of those out there on the world wide web.”

    - Joshua
  • “If anyone is ever arrested or even under investigation, I can assure you the only person you need to call is EVAN!”

    - John
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Record Of Success

Aggressive Traffic Ticket Defense
  • Case Dismissed Possession of Marijuana

    We filed a motion to suppress the stop based upon an illegal search and seizure. The Judge ruled that the officer did not have probable cause to stop the client.

  • Charges Dismissed Domestic Violence - Battery

    Mr. Hoffman was able to convince the State Attorney’s Office to drop all charges.

  • Charges Dropped Felony Possession of a Firearm

    Our client was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and grand theft of a firearm.

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