The answer to the question “Does a Juvenile have a right to an attorney?” is yes. Florida law gives a child the right to have a lawyer represent them throughout all proceedings in juvenile court. If you are deemed by the judge to be in a financial position to afford a lawyer, you have the obligation to your child to provide a lawyer. If the judge appoints a public defender, the court can charge the legal fees to the parent or guardian. The attorney is obligated to proceed with the child’s best interest, not the parent’s demands.
If you are asking these questions, odds are it is well past time you call a professional criminal attorney. In addition to being criminal attorneys, we are also family law attorneys, and understand the additional stress a juvenile arrest plays on the family. Give us a call today, your initial consultation is always free.