Juvenile Punishment: Probation Programs

Sentencing a juvenile will depend on the seriousness of the crime, such as whether the child faces a juvenile felony or misdemeanor charge. In some cases, in lieu of detention in a juvenile detention facility, the child may be ordered to adhere to a juvenile probation program. Like adult probation programs, the juvenile will be required to adhere to certain restrictions, limitations and responsibilities, and will report to a Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO).

How Juvenile Probation Works 

The parents and JPO will be responsible for enforcing any court orders the child must complete. The conditions of probation will vary depending on a number of factors, including the crime committed and any previous arrests or charges.

Conditions may include community service completion, paying restitution to any victims and sending an apology letter, forfeiting a driver’s license, and completing substance abuse or mental health counseling. Restrictions during probation may include abstaining from contact with the victim and sticking to a curfew.

Children may be on probation for up to a year for a first-degree misdemeanor charge or up to six months for a second-degree misdemeanor charge. Once the child has met goals and completed any requirements, the JPO may recommend his or her release from the program.

Seeking Help from Miami Defense Attorneys

If your child faces juvenile charges, don’t hesitate to contact a defense attorney at Falk & Ross in Miami. Give us a call at (877) 663-5110 to set up a consultation. We will make sure your child’s rights are protected throughout the criminal proceedings.