Individuals under the age of 21 in Florida are subject to "zero tolerance" alcohol laws. In addition to not being allowed to possess or consume alcohol, they are not permitted to drive with a blood alcohol content higher than .02 percent. This is lower than the .08 percent legal limit that drivers 21 and over are subject to. In fact, drivers under 21 can be charged with a DUI even if they don't feel or appear to be drunk.
On March 19, a 16-year-old Florida teen was accused of murder after he allegedly beat his 15-year-old friend with a baseball bat. Although the accused teen initially claimed that the 15-year-old attacked him first, it was reported that he eventually admitted that the deceased teen never hit him.
In Florida, some juveniles who are charged with serious crimes are tried as adults. In some cases, juveniles have been sentenced to life sentences without the possibility of parole. The federal government has reviewed tough sentencing of juveniles and has made some changes following two Supreme Court decisions. This means that juveniles who have received life without parole sentences may request that those sentences be reviewed.
On June 16, two Florida teenagers were taken into custody after they were accused of threatening a 71-year-old man with a baseball bat. Authorities said the incident may have been caused by road rage.
Minors in Florida who are charged with certain types of felony offenses may be eligible to enter into a special pretrial intervention program in lieu of adjudication. The program may offer a way for juveniles to avoid adjudication on their charges while also allowing them to get the help that they need.
The Florida state legislature is considering two different ideas that could potentially help keep juveniles who make mistakes from getting into legal trouble. Both of the bills would help minors who commit their first misdemeanor crime by getting them into diversion programs.
According to news sources, three teens have been taken into custody in relation to the death of a 15-year-old Florida boy. The boy was reportedly found lying on the ground in a park in Winter Park, Florida on Oct. 15 with few signs of trauma.
When a child under the age of 18 violates the law in Florida, the juvenile court system will usually handle their case. A minor may be sent to a detention center immediately after being taken into custody by a police officer, or the minor may be released to their parents. In some cases, juveniles are placed on home detention.
In our last post, we discussed how summertime boredom can bring kids of all ages to area big box stores and shopping malls in search of something to do. We also discussed how this can be problematic, as these young people, perhaps eager for a thrill, can sometimes pressure one another into shoplifting items of little or considerable value.
While kids of all ages -- from elementary school students to high school students -- can't wait for summer vacation to begin, this enthusiasm can quickly start to wane as the long days leave many with nothing to do. Indeed, many end up heading to local malls or big box retailers in search of a cure for their boredom, yet end up doing nothing more than wandering about aimlessly.