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Juvenile Possession of Alcohol

As a former prosecutor and dedicated defense attorney, Melinda Morris has specific knowledge and experience related to charges faced by young adults. Juvenile alcohol abuse cases are unique and having an experienced St. Petersburg juvenile defense attorney who understands the nuances of Juvenile law can make a big difference in your child’s future.

St. Petersburg Juvenile Alcohol Possession Lawyer

It is advantageous to act fast to get an attorney involved in your child’s case so that an opportunity can be seized early on to either get your child’s charges dropped, or get your child in a diversion program, which if successfully completed will result in the charges being dismissed. Juvenile alcohol abuse is a primary root of death among teenagers, contributing family and social problems, date rape, motor-vehicle accidents, and suicide.

Scholarships, college acceptances and job opportunities for your child can all be negatively affected by Juvenile Possession of Alcohol offenses. Ms. Morris’s, criminal defense law firm in St. Petersburg is dedicated to defending juvenile clients throughout Pinellas County and the entire Tampa Bay area including: St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, and Sarasota County.

Florida State’s tactic to juvenile crime differs from somewhat of the tactic to adult crime in that the task is not to penalize the juvenile, but to rehabilitate the juvenile and the parents of the juvenile. In contrast, there are coinciding capacities amongst juvenile and adult law. Juveniles may be sentenced as adults for serious crimes such as Juvenile Possession of Alcohol. The State of Florida generates a numerous of significant distinctions in juvenile law.

Juvenile Possession of Alcohol Penalties & Sentencing

Possible Penalties:

  • Suspension of driver’s license
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Fines of up to $500
  • Mandated alcohol and drug awareness programs

Since juvenile in Possession of Alcohol charges are convicted typically for first-time offenders, consequences are inclined to be more fixated on education and correction rather than crucial punishments. Second offenses will have increasingly punitive penalties.

Possible Sentencing:

Generally, the mission of judges is to make a substantial impact on the juvenile offender to get them to understand the consequences of alcohol consumption. Juvenile offenders sentencing will consist of house arrest or detainment in a juvenile detention center. Juvenile possession of alcohol rehabilitation is a form of temporary confinement in which the minor receives supervision, education and mental health/substance abuse services from qualified juvenile crime professionals. Mandatory classes and community service are frequently included in the sentence. Commonly, for first-time offenders rather than jail time, probation is usually condemned.

The Morris Law Firm, P.A. will aggressively work with you and your child to ensure the lowest possible sentence. It also important that we make aware of the significance of the charge to the parents and the juvenile offender. Second offenses may constitute jail time and an increase the fines, community service hours as well as revoking of the juvenile’s driver’s license until age 21.

Parental Restitution

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is likely to hold parents accountable for restitution to the victims. If the court adjudicates the juvenile “delinquent,” that is, unwilling or unable to pay the restitution, the mother’s paycheck will be garnished in order to make the payment. This is only possible if the court makes the parent liable in the original sentencing for the crime.

Juveniles charged as adults

When the court judges the juvenile offense to be severe, rather than temporary detention the minor is convicted as an adult and sentenced to jail time with adult inhabitants. The judge typically provides a reasonable purpose for relocating the juvenile to an adult court to be tried as an adult. The court on occasions hold minors in detention centers until the minor is sentenced as an adult or until reaching a certain age, generally 19, for relocation to an adult facility.

Morris Law Firm, P.A. | Juvenile Possession of Alcohol Attorney

If your child is facing charges related to Juvenile Possession of Alcohol, contact an experienced and compassionate attorney. Contact St. Petersburg juvenile attorney for more information about your child’s juvenile case throughout the Tampa Bay area including Tampa, Clearwater, Bartow, New Port Richey, Dade City, and Plant City, including the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas or the surrounding areas. Contact Attorney Melinda Morris with The Morris Law Firm, P.A. to get assistance with your legal needs and sealing or expunging juvenile criminal records.