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Being arrested or charged with a juvenile crime  in Miami or anywhere in the State of Florida is a frightening experience for a child and can be devastating to his or her reputation and future. A simple childhood mistake may result in sentencing either to a juvenile detention center or to an adult prison for serious felony convictions. In addition, a juvenile delinquency record or adult criminal record can hinder your child’s future educational opportunities and job prospects. If your child or teenager has been arrested or is being investigated for a juvenile crime in Miami-Dade County or anywhere in the State of Florida, it is imperative to contact an experienced Miami juvenile defense attorney like Chad Piotrowski to protect your child’s legal rights during police questioning, hearings, and during the trial process.


If your child is facing juvenile crime charges, it is important for you to become informed about the Florida juvenile justice system process and your child’s legal rights in the State of Florida. Understanding the juvenile court process allows parents and guardians to better support their child and make informed decisions.  A knowledgeable and experienced Florida juvenile defense attorney can advise you of your child’s best legal options and walk you and your child through the Florida juvenile justice system.


When a child under the age of 18 is charged with committing a crime in Florida, the case is usually handled by Florida’s juvenile justice system. The primary focus of the Florida juvenile justice system is on the rehabilitation of youth offenders rather than on punishment. Rehabilitation may include time in a secure juvenile detention center, community service, and substance abuse services.

Not all juvenile crime cases go through the Florida juvenile courts.  Some juvenile crime cases involving certain felony crimes and repeat offenders may be transferred to the Florida adult court system.  When this happens, juveniles can be tried as an adult and therefore, be subject to an adult criminal sentence if convicted.  The primary focus of the adult criminal court system is punishment, not rehabilitation.  In some cases, being tried as an adult is beneficial to the child, because it entitles the child to a trial by jury, but only a qualified Miami juvenile crime defense lawyer can determine whether it is in your child’s best interest to fight a transfer to the Florida adult criminal court system.


Experienced Miami juvenile defense attorney, Chad Piotrowski, defends children all over Florida against charges of juvenile crimes and juvenile offenses including:

  • Assault
  • Sexual offenses
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Shoplifting
  • Drug use or possession
  • DUI and underage drinking
  • Disorderly conduct
  • And more


If your child already has a criminal record, it is important to have that record sealed as soon as possible. In Florida, a criminal record can adversely affect your teenager’s entire future, and can affect his or her ability to find a job, maintain relationships, and even travel outside of the country. By having your juvenile’s records sealed, or expunged, you are offering your child a chance to enter adulthood without a criminal record hindering his or her opportunities.


In order to protect your child’s future, it is important to seek the help of a skilled Miami juvenile defense lawyer as soon as possible. Former prosecutor, Chad Piotrowski, has extensive experience defending children against juvenile crime charges in Miami, Broward, Palm Beach, and elsewhere in the State of Florida. Call his office today to arrange a confidential review of your child’s juvenile crime case.

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