In any juvenile case, it is very important that the child is represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney who has specific experience within the juvenile justice system. In Florida, the juvenile justice system is very different from the traditional – adult – criminal justice system. For instance, the timelines for speedy trial and discovery are greatly shortened in the juvenile justice system. In addition, juvenile cases are tried before a Judge, not jury, as is traditional in the adult court criminal system.
Similarly, the programs available for juveniles are far greater than the programs available for those accused in the traditional adult court setting. With all of this in mind, it is very important to hire a juvenile criminal defense attorney who has substantial experience in the juvenile court system. Many attorneys, competent at handling traditional adult cases in adult court, find themselves overwhelmed or at a loss given the myriad of differences found in the juvenile court system. Of course, the facts of each case are different and no attorney, pursuant to Florida Bar Rules, can promise guaranteed results.
At The Law Office of Timothy Armstrong, P.A., we have experience in the juvenile court system. We have previously represented hundreds of children within the juvenile justice system.