ORLANDO, FL, January 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The Orlando Sentinel quoted the senior DJJ official about the report that was released. "While these numbers continue to move in the right direction, there is much work to be done to reduce unnecessary arrests in our schools," DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters
said in a statement. "Misdemeanors accounted for 67 percent of all school-related arrests and 51 percent of schoolchildren were arrested last year for their first offense. Youth who act up at school should not be referred to DJJ for 'punishment,' forcing them to enter the juvenile justice system needlessly."
Though kids notoriously make mistakes and often will do foolish things at school, many of the charges such as battery, disruption of school activities, disorderly conduct, and getting in quarrels or other minor crimes are better off handled by punishment by detention versus referral for punishment to the Juvenile Justice system, according to many that work in the legal and justice system. Many children have been arrested for a minor incident of fighting and are commonly labeled delinquents because a school administrator called the police. In many of those cases, the child who got charged with battery may have been acting in self defense.
William Umansky, the founder of The Umansky Law Firm, discusses his take on the situation:
"It is nice to see the Department of Juvenile Justice and law-enforcement are using common sense when kids make mistakes at schools. We hate seeing children thrown into our criminal justice system for silly offenses."
A child that is charged with a crime that happened at school can face suspension or an expulsion, along with a permanent mark on their record in some cases. Consulting with a juvenile attorney can help with determining what rights your child has and whether the case should even be in the Juvenile system. In many circumstances, a juvenile lawyer can advocate on your kid's behalf and convince the prosecutor to refer your child to a first offender program such as diversion, or in some cases, have the charges dropped or dismissed altogether.
About The Umansky Law Firm
The Umansky Law Firm is a criminal defense firm serving individuals in the Orlando, Florida area. Their lawyers are committed to delivering high levels of personalized attention to all clients in order to help them achieve the best possible outcome to their case. As former prosecutors and police department legal advisers, their lawyers possess a unique skill set that gives clients a much-needed edge in their criminal defense representation.
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