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While the juvenile delinquency system is supposed to be “rehabilitative” versus the “punitive” adult criminal justice system – a delinquency charge can have very serious consequences for your child.

Your child may be detained at a detention center, committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice, or even direct filed depending on the seriousness of the charge. A direct file converts the original juvenile delinquency charge to an adult charge, meaning that your child could face very serious prison time.

Certain delinquency charges can also lead to expulsion from school, as well as hinder your child’s ability to gain admission into universities, obtain scholarships, or join branches of the military.

As a result, a juvenile delinquency charge should never be taken lightly.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Smith & Kurbatova are very experienced in the area of juvenile delinquency defense and have covered various juvenile crimes ranging from first-degree felonies to second-degree misdemeanors. Ms. Ayda Kapsales formerly defended numerous juveniles at the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel.

Specifically, Attorney Kapsales works with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office to teach children on probation more about the juvenile delinquency system and how to avoid it in the future.

Raising a teen can be hard enough without ever having to set foot in a courtroom.

Law Offices of Smith & Kurbatova is here to help! Call us - 407-477-4143

At the Law Offices of Smith & Kurbatova we can defend your child in a juvenile delinquency case. When minors are charged with misdemeanors or felonies, they can face serious consequences, particularly because they may be prosecuted as an adult. Let our Orlando attorneys evaluate your case and determine the best strategy to reduce or eliminate charges. Call our Casselberry office at (407) 477-4143 to schedule a consultation.

Juvenile Law

The justice system for processing minors charged with a criminal offense is separate from the system for adults, meaning that different rights apply to the defendant and different penalties result from the charges. Therefore, it's important to have an attorney who not only has experience with criminal defense but who understands the differences in regard to juvenile delinquency cases. Our Central Florida attorneys have experience in both criminal defense and delinquency cases, meaning we are prepared for any circumstances. We can handle a variety of charges, including but not limited to:

  • Driving Under the Influence
  • Drug Offenses
  • Driving with a Suspended License
  • Reckless Driving
  • Theft
  • Resisting Arrest

In a delinquency case, children cannot be sent to jail or prison, though they may be sent to a juvenile facility. More so, a judge, not a jury, determines the verdict of the case. Another difference is that a minor may be offered a diversionary program, which is meant to address the nature of the charges. This is offered mainly to minors who are first offenders or are facing minor charges. If the child does not complete the program, he or she will have to confront the charges against them, but if the child completes the program, the charges are dismissed.


If your child qualifies for and completes a diversionary program, all charges are dropped and it may be possible to seal their juvenile record. However, if a diversionary program is not an option or is not completed, the potential consequences of delinquency include being placed on probation or sent to a detention facility. Furthermore, although juvenile records are generally confidential, some employers and schools require a voluntary release of juvenile records, which could hurt their chances of getting a job and applying for schools.

Although the circumstances for a minor facing charges are different than an adult, the consequences can be just as damaging. Juvenile charges can interfere with your child's education and future, making it vital to hire a skilled attorney. Our boutique firm can review your child's file and provide the individualized attention the case needs. Our Orlando attorneys care about your child's future: trust us to defend it.

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