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Widespread Corruption and Abuse in Florida’s Juvenile Justice System

By The Baez Law Firm |

In July, four juveniles and one employee from Florida’s Walton Academy for Growth and Change—a facility run by a company known as Rite of Passage for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice—were arrested and charged for “lewd and lascivious battery” and false imprisonment of a minor at the facility. Sadly, this is not the… Read More »

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Florida Teen Suicide Raises Questions about Charging Minors with Cyberbullying

By The Baez Law Firm |

In January, two Florida students were charged with cyberstalking (i.e. online bullying) in connection with the death of a middle-school student who killed herself earlier that month. While police are still investigating the exact cause of death, reportedly, once police were made aware of potential cyberbullying, they insisted upon closely examining cellphone and social… Read More »

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Tampa Forum Highlights Much-Needed Reforms for Florida’s Juvenile Justice System

By The Baez Law Firm |

On December 11th, a criminal justice reform forum was held in Tampa, with a focus on changing the way Florida treats juvenile offenders. Florida currently sends more children to prison than any other state, where many of the punishments they meet do not fit the crime. Just since 2009, more than 14,000 minors have… Read More »

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New Report Demonstrates That Florida Counties Are Still Arresting Juveniles Too Frequently

By The Baez Law Firm |

A new report released by a coalition of nonprofits that work on civil rights protection reveals that there are still a number of concerning criminal justice issues when it comes to Florida’s treatment of juveniles. Specifically, three-quarters of Florida counties earned an “F” in relying on alternatives to arresting juveniles for minor crimes (i.e…. Read More »

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“Our Criminal Courts Are Failing Juvenile Defendants”

By The Baez Law Firm |

A recent article in The Nation highlighted a disturbing trend of juveniles not obtaining the criminal defense services that they need and are entitled to under the U.S. Constitution. According to a new analysis, these young juveniles are often left to navigate the legal system on their own after being denied access to a… Read More »

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Teens Need Criminal Defense Lawyers Too

By The Baez Law Firm |

It surely does not come as a surprise to anyone, but teens get in trouble too. A joke can be taken too far, or a prank can result in damages. While the nature of juvenile charge may seem benign, the repercussions of a juvenile conviction can have life-altering consequences. Across the state of Florida… Read More »

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Juvenile Shoplifting Charges in Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

Unfortunately, many teens tend to “dabble” in illegal activities, one of the most popular of which is shoplifting. Categorized as petty theft and burglary under Florida Statute, Chapter 812, juvenile shoplifting is considered a criminal offense for which the offender can face juvenile charges. If found guilty, the juvenile offender then becomes a juvenile… Read More »

When a Child Might Be Charged As an Adult in Florida

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According to the Marshall Project, Florida leads the nation in charging minors as adults, and transfers on average 164.7 out of every 100,000 juvenile cases to the adult courts. From 2010-2015, over 12,000 minors were transferred to face adult charges, with a whopping 60 percent for non-violent crimes – including drug and marijuana possession… Read More »

Defenses to Buying Alcohol for a Minor in Florida

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Contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Florida (CDM) is a very serious charge that comes with very serious consequences, especially if your contribution is in the way of alcohol. Buying alcohol for a minor is not only illegal, but it comes with a unique set of risks. For instance, if the minor… Read More »

An MIP Can Negatively Affect Your Future: How to Drop the Charges and Learn From Your Mistakes

By The Baez Law Firm |

Underage drinking is a pervasive problem in the United States, with over 10.8 million minors contributing to the nation’s overall alcohol intake. Each year, approximately 5,000 individuals die as the result of underage drinking, with the cause of death ranging from DUI crashes to suicides, falls, burns, and other accidents. In Florida, underage drinking… Read More »

Florida’s Juvenile Justice System

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Florida’s criminal justice system treats children and teens differently from adults.  If your child is charged with a juvenile offense, he or she will enter Florida’s juvenile justice system.  The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) focuses on rehabilitation above punishment.  Read on for an overview of the juvenile justice process. Juvenile Court proceedings The… Read More »

The School-to-Prison Pipeline

By The Baez Law Firm |

The American Bar Association’s website tells the story of a 14-year-old student who threw a pen out a bus window, hitting a car.  Although you might expect such behavior to warrant a trip to the principal’s office, instead, this boy was charged with a felony and taken to jail.  In another such story that… Read More »

Can Schools Confiscate and Search Student Cell Phones?

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The Pensacola News Journal reports that officials from West Florida High School in the Escambia County School District confiscated and searched a student’s cell phone after a disciplinary incident on a school bus. The phone contained no evidence of wrongdoing by the student, and the student’s mother questioned the school’s authority for its actions. … Read More »

Oops – Florida Legislature Accidentally (Temporarily) Legalized Sexting for Teens

By The Baez Law Firm |

As you are no doubt aware, “sexting” is the sending of sexually explicit messages or photos via cell phone. And when sexting involves images of juveniles, it is considered child pornography. Until 2011, minors sending nude photos of themselves to other minors could be punished under child pornography laws, subject to probation, jail time,… Read More »

What Happens When A Child Is Arrested Or Detained By Police?

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On Monday, September 14, Ahmed Mohamed was arrested by local police in Dallas, Texas for bringing a homemade alarm clock to school. Mr. Mohamed built a clock out of a metal briefcase, a digital display, wires, and a circuit board. He brought it to school to show his teachers and when he showed his… Read More »

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