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When Are Juveniles Tried as Adults in Florida?

When Are Juveniles Tried as Adults in Florida?

Juveniles Tried as Adults Cases in Florida

If your child committed a serious crime, you (rightly) must fear the severity of the charges against them. Although the law traditionally rules that anyone under the age of 18 is a juvenile and will be tried in the juvenile court system, there are cases when juveniles can be charged as adults. The state of Florida only allows prosecutors to decide whether a juvenile will be tried as an adult; this is called direct file. In direct file, the minimum age a minor can be tried as an adult is 14 years old. However, no minimum age is set for capital offenses, which are offenses punishable with the death penalty or life imprisonment.

If your child faces criminal charges, the Fort Lauderdale juvenile crimes attorneys at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A. can help you. Contact us today at (954) 543-1788 for an initial consultation.

When Is a Juvenile Tried as an Adult?

There are a few factors a prosecutor considers when deciding if a juvenile should be charged as an adult for their crimes. A juvenile may be charged as an adult if they committed a serious offense, like murder. A prosecutor will also consider the minor’s juvenile record and past crimes, along with their age. If the prosecutor sees that the juvenile’s past rehabilitation efforts were unsuccessful, they may believe that charging a juvenile as an adult is the best option.

What Are the Consequences of Being Charged as an Adult?

A juvenile charged as an adult will face serious consequences. If they are charged as an adult, they can face the same penalties as adults—including life without parole. A juvenile charged as an adult can lose access to education and employment opportunities. An adult conviction can also result in the loss of civic rights, such as the right to own a firearm and the right to vote.

Fort Lauderdale Juvenile Crimes Attorney: Call Today at (954) 543-1788

If your child was arrested, you're bound to have questions. You may be worried about how you can help your child avoid long-term penalties that jeopardize their future. We know that minors may lack the reasoning skills to understand their rights, and even if they do, they may lack the wisdom to protect themselves without the help of a lawyer. For that reason, it is vital to have an experienced attorney by their side who will defend their rights and get the best possible results for their case.

It's time to call Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A.. Our firm has handled thousands of cases, and we provide aggressive and dedicated representation. When you need an aggressive advocate who knows how to protect your child's future, call us. The first thing we'll do is make every effort to keep your child's case in the juvenile system, where rehabilitation and expungement is possible. Speak with us today!

We are available 24/7 for our clients! Contact us today for an initial consultation at (954) 543-1788.


Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

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  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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