Juvenile Drug Crimes
Experienced Representation for Young Clients & Families
Miami-Dade County is home to a thriving drug market that takes no measures to ensure that illegal drugs are not made available to minors. As a result, and because youth are prone to exploration and mistakes, drug crimes are among the most heavily prosecuted criminal offenses of all juvenile crimes. While charges can vary considerably, all drug crime allegations should be taken seriously, as they pose significant penalties and can threaten the futures of young convicted offenders.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our Miami criminal defense lawyers have handled numerous drug crime cases throughout the years, both in the Florida juvenile court system and in the adult criminal justice system. We have accumulated immense insight into the various drug crime allegations that exist, have handled many different cases for a diverse clientele, and have earned a reputation for successfully defending our clients' rights, freedoms, and futures. If your son or daughter stands accused of any type of drug crime, including any of the following, place your trust in a firm that knows how to handle these cases effectively:
- Possession, including possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of prescription drugs and prescription fraud
- Sales, delivery, trafficking, and distribution
- Under the influence of a controlled substance
- Marijuana drug crimes, including possession, sale, and cultivation of marijuana
According to statistics compiled and published by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), juvenile drug arrests have increased by 229 percent over the past decade. Each year in Florida, there is also roughly a 10 percent increase in cases of youth being charged with all types of drug crimes. In response, the ways in which juvenile courts handle drug crime cases have evolved throughout the years and have shifted more toward leniency and rehabilitation, rather than strict punishment. This is not to say, however, that your child does not face serious criminal penalties. Typically, juveniles convicted of a drug offense face penalties that include drug counseling, loss of a driver's license, community service, and probation. Depending on the severity of the charge and controlled substance involved, minors may also face sentences in a juvenile detention facility. It also goes without saying that there are a number of societal repercussions that comes with having a criminal conviction on one's record.
As the stakes in juvenile drug crime cases are real and threatening, all parents whose child has been charged with a drug offense should take the necessary time to learn more about the charges their child faces and how experienced criminal defense attorneys can help. While thorough investigations and meticulous preparation are always essential, our firm is also able to provide our clients with the benefits of having former prosecutors on their side who know the ways in which the government handles these cases and the ways in which to effectively defend young clients' futures and freedoms.
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At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our legal team takes pride in the fact that we make ourselves available for free case evaluations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here for local residents and families who wish to learn more about defending their child against serious penalties and we offer our genuine support, extensive experience and resources, and personal attention to every client we serve. Do not allow a simple mistake to impact your child's future. Find the information and representation you need by contacting a Miami criminal defense attorney from our firm today.