Burglary Charges & Juvenile Criminal Defense
Protect Your Child's Future
As defined by § 810.02 of the Florida Statutes, burglary is an offense in which any individual enters a dwelling (home), structure, or transportation vehicle, with the intent to commit an offense within that structure. Additionally, the structure in question must be closed to the public and / or the individual does not have permission to enter. For adult offenders, burglary is a serious felony offense, punishable by large fines and lengthy prison terms. While the court process and penalties for juveniles may differ, there is no denying the fact that a burglary conviction poses serious, long-term consequences. From the possibility of detention in a juvenile detention facility to fines, probation, and the repercussions that come with having a criminal record, consequences faced by young offenders can be debilitating and severely limiting.
At a time when youth and young adults should be focused on growth and development, and on exploring new adventures in life, a theft crime conviction can limit their opportunities before they even arise. As there are also various degrees of burglary, your child may face enhanced charges and penalties. Burglary of an inhabited dwelling (occupied home), burglary committed with assault or battery, and burglary committed with the use of a weapon are common examples of the circumstances that can produce heightened charges.
Whatever particular charge your child may face, and regardless of the circumstances surrounding their arrest and allegation, you can be confident knowing that skilled, experienced, and highly passionate Miami criminal attorneys from our firm are prepared to protect your child's rights and future. Just as we do in every case, our legal team works diligently to remain close and available to clients, collect all the necessary facts and evidence, and fight aggressively on their behalf. While the unique situation at hand does impact defense strategies, our goals typically revolve around ensuring that your child is not prosecuted as an adult, that charges can be dropped or reduced, and that penalties can be mitigated, served in alternative settings, or eliminated entirely.
Discuss Your Needs with a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., we understand that juvenile burglary cases pose many unique factors and complexities. For one, all procedures are conducted in juvenile courts and will adhere to a different criminal process. Additionally, these cases often highlight the fact that youth are prone to making mistakes and to falling victim to a momentary lack of judgment. In both of these regards, our legal team draws from years of experience defending youth in juvenile courts to guide them through the process step by step. Throughout the years we have spent in the Florida juvenile court system, we have also become sharply tuned to the emotional nature of these cases, and know that because the stakes are high, we owe it to our clients to do everything in our power to produce the best possible results. We know that parents do not want their children to suffer as the result of a youthful mistake, and we provide our young clients and their families with our unyielding commitment.
Aside from always being compassionate and available to our clients, our attorneys deliver unmatched experience and legal talent. Our lawyers are former prosecutors and have handled thousands of criminal cases from both sides of the courtroom, including many variations of burglary charges. We know these charges, we have handled these types of cases many times in the past, and we are equipped with the insight needed to create an effective defense. Allow a member of our legal team to provide you with more information about the ways in which we can help during a free case evaluation. Contact a Miami criminal defense lawyer from Hager & Schwartz, P.A. today.