Panama City Juvenile Crime Attorney
What to Do When Your Child Has Been Arrested
A large number of juvenile crimes result in a civil citation, but if your
child has been arrested and taken into custody, it is vital to retain
legal representation immediately to improve your chances of a favorable
outcome. We can represent your child throughout
the defense process and will fight to prevent this situation from having a negative impact
on your child's future.
Call or visit our office now for a
confidential consultation and to learn more about strategies we can use to defend your child's rights.
Understanding the Juvenile Crime Process in Panama City
Depending on factors such as the severity of the alleged offense and whether
your child has previously been arrested, the case may proceed to an adjudication
hearing in court, referral to an adult criminal court, or being placed
in a diversion program. For example, a minor theft crime such as shoplifting
is less likely to result in detention than a serious
violent crime such as aggravated assault. If the case moves forward to a hearing, the
Department of Juvenile Justice will conduct a risk assessment to determine
whether your child will be detained or can await the hearing date in your home.
The outcome of a juvenile criminal case may be an adjudication of delinquency-the
juvenile equivalent of a conviction-or an exoneration, or it could proceed
to a diversion program or dismissal of the charges. If convicted, your
child would either be placed on probation or sent to a detention facility.
The process is complex and it is vital to make the right decisions at
every stage-otherwise, your child could end up in detention and be facing
a future of living with a criminal record.
Let a Former Prosecutor Defend Your Child's Future
Seaton Law Offices, P.A., we understand what a stressful situation this may be for you and your
family, and want to help you extract your child from the Juvenile Justice
System as quickly as possible. Juvenile criminal suspects have all the
same rights as adults, including the right to remain silent, the right
to an attorney and the legal presumption of innocence, but these rights
will do nothing for your child if they are not used properly. Let us guide
you through this experience, safeguarding your child's personal interests
and fighting for a favorable outcome.
Call our Panama City juvenile crimes attorney for the aggressive defense you need.