Proposed Bill to Reform Which Juveniles Can Be Charged As Adults – Marion County Criminal Lawyer Hernado County Criminal Lawyer Ocala
A Senator from West Palm Beach, Bobby Powell has introduced a bill aimed at reducing the number of crimes in which a juveniles can be charged as an adult in the state of Florida. Minors who have committed the worst crimes would still be eligible to be charged as Adults in Florida, but it would get rid of some current crimes in which a child can be prosecuted as an adult, such as grand theft, grand theft auto, unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling or structure, aggravated assault and robbery.
The bill has some support and also faces some opposition. Currently, Florida’s Prosecuting Attorney’s Association believes that the discretion should be left with the prosecutor’s in this state. They cite certain statistics to strengthen their position that they believe they are not overusing this authority. With that said, the bill does touch on an important point, on whether our criminal justice system aims to punish those who have done wrong or attempt to rehabilitate them, particularly in the case of children.
When a juvenile is charged as an adult, the stakes are raised significantly. If you are a parent of a juvenile who has been charged with a crime, whether in juvenile court or as an adult, please give Cagan & Cagan a call for a free consultation.