Jacksonville Juvenile Criminal Defense Lawyer
The Defense Your Child Needs & Deserves
If your child or teenager has been charged with a crime, whether it is shoplifting, minor in possession (MIP), receiving stolen property, assault, drugs, guns, crimes of violence, or murder you want to see that their rights are protected in juvenile court. Contact our Jacksonville offices to arrange a free consultation with Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., before you or your child speaks with investigators or police.
Juvenile crime accusations can trigger a lot of emotions, especially when the charges involve violent offenses such as assault, murder, or sex crimes. It is important that the accused minor be represented by a lawyer who understands the system and knows under what conditions a minor can be detained in a lock-down facility.
Mitch Stone was an assistant state attorney assigned to the juvenile prosecution unit. This experience means that he knows what it takes to defend a child against criminal accusations.
We make a point of knowing more about the case than the opposition does. When representing a juvenile, we take early, aggressive action in an effort to prevent the prosecutor or grand jury from certifying our juvenile client as an adult. In fact, Mitch Stone succeeded in keeping a 15-year-old from being certified as an adult for possession of a firearm at school. His command of the defense, including the effective use of private investigators, led the prosecution to make an exception to its longstanding policy of charging every juvenile who possesses a gun at school as an adult.
In another case Mitch Stone was able to negotiate immunity for a teenager who had received communications from another student about a plan to shoot up their school. This was especially difficult in light of the recent shootings at schools in Florida. Nevertheless, the police and prosecutors ultimately agreed to the immunity so that our client could cooperate with them to ensure the acts of violence never occurred. Mitch Stone reasoned that our client had withdrawn from the conspiracy and disclosed the potential future tragedy early enough so that he effectively abandoned the crime. The State agreed. By virtue of this deal the State was able to ensure this act of violence never occurred and Mitch Stone was able to ensure his client was not prosecuted.
Many times, we can convince the prosecutor to drop charges or find an alternative such as teen court. We understand the need to represent juvenile clients as diligently as we do our adult clients since juvenile crimes can affect a child's future.
A MINOR'S FUTURE IS AT STAKE. CONTACT US TODAY.
At Mitchell A. Stone, P.A., juvenile crimes defense lawyer Mitch Stone has represented juvenile clients in Northeast Florida, including the communities of Fernandina Beach, Green Cove Springs, St. Augustine, Baldwin, and Mayport; and Duval County, Nassau County, Clay County, and St. Johns County.
Call us at (904) 263-5005 or contact us online.