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Juvenile incarceration can put a stop to your child’s bright future

Children are going to make mistakes, but when the courts get involved, they do not look at your child with the same hopes and well wishes that you do. Juvenile courts have a very practical issue to solve: how do they prevent more misconduct? Often, the courts try to solve this with juvenile detention centers, which can leave your child struggling with long-term effects for years.

As a parent, one of the best things you can do is work with a legal resource that understands your options and that looks for an individualized approach for your child.

Understanding the long-term impacts of incarceration

No child exists in a vacuum. Instead, their behavior is informed by a wide range of factors. Homelife, academic struggles, social situations and mental health all have a role to play when a child behaves criminally. Very few of these options can be addressed successfully by traditional means. In fact, children who spend time in detention centers often go on to behave in similar or escalated ways.

Almost two-thirds of incarcerated children suffer from a mental health disorder. This can vary from severe issues like schizoaffective disorders to more common issues like depression and anxiety or even ADHD. In many of these cases, children simply are not referred to appropriate mental health services. The result is ongoing and worsening mental health and a higher chance of repeat offenses, including in adulthood.

Knowing the options

In the past decades, juvenile justice reform efforts have made serious strides in creating opportunities for treatment and alternative consequences for juvenile offenders. Florida law now allows for some juvenile offenders to undergo mental health treatment or education as a diversionary tactic, and more and more options for community-based rehabilitation are available every year. Your child may benefit best from one of these routes. As a parent, you can help them get representation and access to beneficial programming that keeps them out of juvenile centers.



Alex Hanna was named Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer (2016) by The National Trial Lawyers.

Alex Hanna is rated a Premier DUI Attorney by the American Association of Premier DUI (2016).

Alex Hanna was named Traffic Lawyer of the Decade (2010) by the Minority Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Hanna was given the 2016 Client’s Choice Award from Avvo.

Alex Hanna is a member of The Florida Bar and Practices in the areas of Criminal, Traffic and Personal Injury Law since 2001.

Alex Hanna is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2016).

Alex Hanna is a member of the Esteemed Lawyers of America association (2017).

Alex Hanna is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2017).

Alex Hanna was bestowed the 10 best law firm award by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017.