"Each child is an adventure into a better life - an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new"
- Hubert Humphrey
South Florida Consists of 3 Segregated Counties...
Housing, Justice, Education, and Equality in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties are all predicated upon who you are and what you have (money). Sadly, for those children who find themselves in delinquency court, the public defender or regional conflict counsel are your first options. . . But they are not your ONLY options.
We handle Juvenile Delinquency matters on a case by case basis. Our selective process is based upon the parents, not the child or the case. If the Parents are unmotivated or simply want to get their child "OFF," we WILL NOT take your case.
When we take Delinquency case, we do so ONLY with the promise and assurance from the parent(s) and child that this will never happen again, and a commitment to their child's education! We will not take repeat offenders.
DOES AN ADJUDICATION OF DELINQUINCY AFFECT ADULT SENTENCING? - YES.
Sentencing Enhancements: The juvenile delinquency record triggers sentencing enhancements in both the state and federal criminal systems.
Florida Criminal System:
The Florida Criminal Punishment Code defines any prior record as any conviction regardless of whether there is a withhold for offenses whether committed by an adult or juvenile.
Juvenile dispositions of offenses committed by the offender within 5 years before the date of the commission of the primary offense must be scored as prior record.
Juvenile dispositions of sexual offenses committed by the offender more than 5 years before the date of the primary offense must be scored as prior record if the offender has not maintained a conviction-free record, either as an adult or as a juvenile, for a period of 5 consecutive years.
A juvenile adjudication also may enhance a sentence in the federal criminal system.