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Juvenile Offenses Can Lead To Adult Penalties

If your child has been charged with a crime, you must take the situation seriously. Children make mistakes, but a criminal charge can put your child’s future at risk. Will he or she benefit from rehabilitation in the juvenile justice system or be lost in the criminal justice system? An experienced criminal defense attorney may make the difference.

I am Andrew M. Coffey, a Florida board-certified criminal trial law specialist who has been defending juveniles and adults for nearly 15 years. Throughout my career in private practice as well as a former public defender, I have defended hundreds of juveniles. I know the importance of keeping the case in juvenile court and will fight to make that happen. For a free initial consultation at my Fort Lauderdale firm, please call 954-406-9272 or contact me online.

Fighting To Protect Your Child’s Future

The goals of the juvenile justice system are rehabilitation and a fresh start. However, a juvenile can be tried as an adult in criminal court based on age and the severity of the alleged crime. I will argue to keep the case in juvenile court.

Within 24 hours of a juvenile’s arrest, there is a hearing to determine where the individual should be placed. I will aggressively advocate for the release of the juvenile to a safe environment.

I can defend your child against any criminal charge, including drug possession, theft and shoplifting, assault, underage DUI, sex crimes or any other misdemeanor or felony charge.

To increase the child’s chances of rehabilitation, I will try to negotiate alternative sentencing, such as participation in a program or juvenile probation. When a sentence is inevitable, I know how to argue for more favorable placement, such as reduction from a high-risk facility to a lower-risk facility.

Call Andrew M. Coffey, P.A., To Discuss Your Child’s Case

There are often minimum requirements in juvenile cases that inexperienced lawyers may not understand. With extensive experience in this field of criminal law — I also helped create the online Juvenile Justice course for Nova Southeastern University’s Criminal Justice Institute — I understand how the system works and how to best protect your child.

Call an experienced juvenile defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale today at 954-406-9272.