The criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law represent juveniles charged with a vast assortment of crimes, including disorderly conduct, assault, and credit card theft in Wellington, Deerfield Beach, and Jupiter. In fact, the firm’s practice is solely devoted to criminal and DUI defense, with its lawyers representing clients in both the juvenile and adult justice systems.

Notably, Jay Arnesen, the firm’s founder, is a former police officer who honorably retired after sustaining serious injuries during a near-fatal car accident while on the job. He now devotes his time and practice solely to defending citizens facing criminal and DUI charges. With offices conveniently located in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Mr. Arnesen and his fellow attorneys appear in criminal courts throughout South Florida on a daily basis. Contact their offices anytime at 561-419-9630 for a free initial consultation.

As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq., Juvenile Defense Attorney

Juvenile Arrests in Florida

According to State law as described in Chapter 985 of the Florida Statutes, which pertains to all issues related to the juvenile justice system, a juvenile is not actually arrested, but is “taken into custody.” The legal definition of “taken into custody” as provided by Chapter 985, Section 03 is the following:

“Taken into custody” means the status of a child immediately when temporary physical control over the child is attained by a person authorized by law, pending the child’s release, detention, placement, or other disposition as authorized by law.

There are certain circumstances that warrant a child being taken into custody, all of which are outlined in Chapter 985, Section 101. Some of the conditions which would authorize a law enforcement official to take a juvenile into custody include the following:

  • For a delinquent act or violation of law, pursuant to Florida law pertaining to a lawful arrest (essentially, for committing what would constitute a crime if the actor was an adult, or a violation of the law if committed by a juvenile, such as underage drinking);
  • For failing to appear at a court hearing after being properly noticed; or
  • If a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that the child is in violation of the conditions of the child’s probation, nonsecure detention, postcommitment probation, or conditional release supervision; has absconded from nonresidential commitment; or has escaped from residential commitment

When a juvenile is taken into custody, authorities are required to attempt to notify his or her parent, guardian, or legal custodian until they successfully contact this individual.

Then, the juvenile is transported to a Juvenile Assessment Center, where a counselor employed by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will conduct a risk assessment. After this assessment, the counselor will prepare a risk assessment report, recommending that the juvenile be released into the custody of his or her parent or legal guardian, be held in secure detention, or be subject to to daily supervision by a DJJ counselor.

Contact Wellington FL Juvenile Arrest Attorney Jay Arnesen for a Free Initial Consultation

With offices conveniently located in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Mr. Arnesen can be reached anytime at 561-419-9630 for a free consultation about your child’s case.

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Jay Arnesen is a retired police officer turned criminal defense attorney who now defends clients charged with criminal and traffic (DUI) offenses in South Florida. With offices conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Mr. Arnesen appears in courts throughout South Florida on a regular basis. Protect your rights, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Jay Arnesen anytime for a free initial consultation at 866-347-6296.

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Areas We Serve

Palm Beach County, Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach. Glen Ridge, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Manalapan, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, West Palm Beach


Boca Raton

1825 NW Corporate Blvd. Suite 110

Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Fort Lauderdale

633 South Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

  (866) 317-5164