Absent the most serious of cases, where someone under the age of 18 is arrested Florida carves out separate rules and a specific procedure known as “delinquency” law, and Michael A. Haber, Esq. has been representing “kids accused of committing crime” since 1991.
The theory behind the difference is that adults should be punished whereas kids should be salvaged (i.e. rehabilitated, treated and given the means to better themselves).
In many instances delinquency rules empower the State to decide whether it wishes to treat a given minor as a juvenile or as an adult. This process (referred to as “direct file”) has it’s own procedure and is critical, as it can have a significant effect upon a child’s future (“juvenile” matters are confidential in FL whereas “adult” – including direct filed minors – are matters of public record).
Apart from the criminal history component there are also collateral consequences of a juvenile arrest, including possible expulsion from school, which must be identified and addressed.
At Michael A. Haber, P.A. our philosophy is that defending a case requires more than just an assessment of the charges. Michael A. Haber, Esq. takes a comprehensive / global view of all criminal cases, considering both the immediate charges and the collateral effects thereof. Defense strategies are realistically tailored to the case specific facts and circumstances, as well as to the needs and abilities of the client. This is why Michael A. Haber, P.A. is considered to be a “boutique” law firm.
Although Michael A. Haber, P.A. is physically located proximate to the MiamiDade Juvenile Courthouse, Michael A. Haber, Esq. appears with regularity in Ft. Lauderdale Juvenile Court.
Further, while Michael A. Haber, Esq. is prepared to travel, Michael A. Haber, P.A. has and maintains a trusted network of highly experienced, proven and skilled attorneys throughout the State to assist in matters out of the South Florida area.