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Each lawyer in this firm has more than 25 years experience practicing criminal defense in Gainesville, Florida and surrounding areas, including Alachua, Levy, Bradford, Union and Gilchrist Counties.

(352) 378-1107

1800 N. Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
Fax (352) 378-0103
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Juvenile Cases

A juvenile offense is a crime committed by a child under the age of 18.  These “crimes” are actually legally referred to as “delinquent acts” when prosecuted in the State of Florida’s juvenile courts.  Prosecutors in the State of Florida have great discretion and are allowed to initiate the prosecution of a juvenile in adult court in many cases without judicial authorization.  If you have a child who is being investigated for or has been accused of or charged with a crime or delinquent act in Florida, the best option for your child is to hire an attorney who is experienced in handling juvenile and criminal law.  Having a child charged with criminal activity can be one of the most difficult situations a parent may face. It's hard to know the right thing to do to protect a child's future when he or she is in trouble and faces consequences in the criminal “justice” system. The attorneys at DeThomasis & Buchanan PA each have more than twenty-five years defending individuals charged with criminal activity and can be trusted to protect your child’s rights under Florida state law.

Some common juvenile crimes include:

    * School crimes and truancy
    * School fighting and assault
    * Drug charges and possession
    * Underage drinking and fake IDs
    * Traffic offenses
    * Drunk driving
    * Property crimes and vandalism
    * criminal mischief
    * Theft and shoplifting
    * Burglary
    * Gang-related activities
    * Weapons possession
    * lewd and lascivious activity
    * Sexual assault

Even if a child is technically guilty of committing a crime or delinquent act, the lawyers at DeThomasis & Buchanan will seek an outcome that focuses on rehabilitation rather than imprisonment or harsh punishment. The goal will be to minimize the long-term consequences and negative impact of a juvenile crime by seeking diversion from the “system” or  alternative sentencing options whenever available. These options can include counseling, community service programs, drug abuse education, traffic school, jail tours, and probation.

Gainesville Juvenile Defense Law Firm

Having defended numerous felony and misdemeanor juvenile cases over the years, the juvenile crime lawyers at DeThomasis & Buchanan are aware of the options available to help your son or daughter clean up his or her record and get a fresh start.

Has your child been accused of a juvenile crime in Gainesville or the surrounding area?  Contact an experienced Gainesville juvenile defense attorney today!