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Aggressive Defense for Criminal Charges

Juvenile Crimes

Criminal Defense Firm for Juvenile Crimes

If you are a minor who is facing criminal charges or if you are the parent of a minor charged with a crime in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, St. Johns, or the surrounding areas, we strongly urge you to discuss your case with a lawyer at our firm immediately. Our legal team has more than 78 years of combined experience which can be utilized on your behalf. Our firm concentrates on criminal defense and has done so for decades.

We are well-versed in juvenile law and procedures and are familiar with the local court systems and the Juvenile Justice System. Our firm welcomes the opportunity of guiding you and your son or daughter through the legal processes involved in any juvenile criminal charges.

Juvenile Crimes and the Juvenile Justice System

When an individual who is under the age of 18 is charged with a crime in Florida, the case is generally processed through the Juvenile Justice System. A juvenile may be prosecuted in an adult court if he or she is a repeat offender who is accused of a serious crime but this is not common. The Juvenile Justice System focuses on rehabilitation as opposed to punishment for juveniles and has different steps than an adult court system.

Juvenile crimes include those involving alcohol and drugs, such as drug possession, or drug dealing as well as theft crimes, such as shoplifting, violent crimes, such as assault, battery, arson, and all other types of misdemeanors or felonies.

Once your child has been arraigned, it is important that you have an attorney from our firm working on the case as it will generally go to trial about a month later. At the trial, a judge will decide the outcome; there are no juries in the Juvenile Court System. First-time juvenile offenders may be allowed to participate in a diversion program which if completed will result in dropped charges.

Contact a caring and dedicated attorney from our firm today if your son or daughter has been charged with a crime in St. Johns County!

We Come Highly Recommended

  • Thank you Brad for representing me and getting the job done!

    “I would like to thank Brad Waldrop for his representation in my Community Control violation case. I was facing 48 months in Florida State Prison in Flagler and Saint Johns County. From the moment I first called and Spoke to Mr. Waldrop to the end of my case he remained professional,knowledgeable and encouraging. Mr. Waldrop responded to all of my e-mails in a timely manner even when he was on vacation this man answered my questions via e-mail. The final outcome of my case ended up with a reinstatement of Community Control in both Flagler and Saint Johns County. I never thought that I would be able to avoid prison as I was charged with Aggravated Stalking which carries a mandatory prison sentence. Mr. Waldrop in my opinion is an excellent Attorney and I would recommend him to anyone seeking legal aid. Thank you Brad for representing me and getting the job done!!”

    Former Client

  • The outcome was very favorable!

    “Clyde promptly scheduled a consultation and immediately went to work on my case thereafter. He set reasonable expectations regarding the steps of the process and executed the agreed upon strategy as it was planned. The outcome was very favorable and I am very satisfied.”

    Former Client

  • They were solid and very quick to respond to any questions.

    “I used this firm recently. They were solid and very quick to respond to any questions. Jess Hardy was fantastic.”

    Former Client

  • Brad was really amazing to work with!

    “Brad was really amazing to work with! His assistant Jess and he are both incredible people who made the paperwork and process a breeze!”

    Cindy M.

  • I couldn't have asked for a better attorney!

    “Clyde is the real deal and gets the job done efficiently and effectively. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney to take care of business. Very diligent and super knowledgeable. Trusted him and he delivered. A+ all the way!”

    Former Client

What Sets Taylor & Waldrop Attorneys Apart?

  • Over 78 Years of Combined Experience
  • Federal and State Cases Defended
  • Hundreds of Cases Tried Since 1978
  • Qualified to Handle Death Penalty Cases
  • Aggressive and Result-Driven Representation
  • Thorough and Compassionate Guidance and Legal Advice