Legal Question in Criminal Law in Florida

Can the state attorney remove a minor without notifing the minor's attorney or parents and have them charged as an adult and moved to an adult facility from a juvenile facility? this is in Hillsborough county, tampa florida...This is a first time offense for the minor. He has already served 21days in the juvenile facility. we had a scheduled arraignment for the minor 11/14-

Asked on 11/05/11, 12:41 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Craig Epifanio Craig Epifanio, P.A.

The state attorney ALONE has the discretion to charge any juvenile as an adult. So the answer to your question is yes. Sometimes your attorney can talk to the state about amending it back to a juvenile charge. If you have not hired an attorney yet, or if you have not contacted the public defender, do one of those immediately.

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Answered on 11/06/11, 3:54 pm

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