The criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law represent juveniles charged with a vast assortment of crimes, including indecent exposurefelony battery, and forgery in Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, and Atlantis. 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 Trials in Florida

Chapter 985 of the Florida Statutes details all of the legal provisions associated with the juvenile justice system, addressing issues ranging from juvenile custody and intake to the sealing of records. Within this chapter, Florida law outlines to process associated with trials, known as “adjudicatory hearings” in Chapter 985, Section 35. 

The requirements which must be met when conducting an adjudicatory hearing, according to 985.35 include the following:

  • It must be held as soon as possible after the petition alleging that a child has committed a delinquent act or violation of law is filed, but the court will allow for a reasonable delay for the purpose of investigation, discovery, or procuring counsel or witnesses.
  • It is not conducted with a jury, but is solely presided over by a juvenile judge.
  • The State must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, with the juvenile (or his or her legal counsel) entitled to introduce evidence and witnesses, as well as to cross-examine witnesses (as in typical criminal trials in adult court).
  • The court can determine that the case should be dismissed if the State fails to prove that the juvenile has committed a delinquent act or violation of law beyond a reasonable doubt.

Findings When a Juvenile Case is Not Dismissed:

If the court does find that the juvenile has committed a delinquent act or violation of law, it can choose to withhold adjudication of delinquency or to adjudicate the juvenile as delinquent.

  • When adjudication is withheld: the juvenile may be placed in a probation program or under the supervision of the Juvenile Justice Department or under the supervision of any other person or agency specifically authorized and appointed by the court. Other penalties may include restitution payment, community service, a curfew, drug testing, driver’s license suspension or revocation, substance abuse treatment, or attendance at a specified educational program.
    • Failure to comply with the conditions imposed by the court will result in the juvenile being adjudicated as delinquent.
  • When the juvenile is adjudicated as delinquent: the court may impose a variety of penalties which may include probation, community service, restitution, or commitment in one of the facilities under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Justice Department, which vary in levels of restrictiveness.

Contact Boynton Beach FL Juvenile Trials 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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