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Alternative Sentencing and Juvenile Crimes

When your child has committed a crime, you want to make sure they get the help they need to become responsible, respectful citizens. Often times, courts work children in and out of the justice system so quickly, they fail to recognize the individual circumstances and needs of the child.

Reduced Charges and Juvenile Crimes

The state of Florida deals with juvenile crime in a different manner than adult crime. While the purpose of juvenile sentencing is to rehabilitate the child, often times the system is flawed, and more harm than good follows. Our attorneys have years of experience helping families in South Florida ensure proper and fair sentencing for their children. Often times, this includes fighting for reduced charges, or a complete dismissal of your child’s case.

Reducing Charges

What to do if Your Minor Child has Committed a Crime

If your child is a minor and has been accused of committing a crime, the first thing you need to do is hire a juvenile crime defense attorney. The laws for juvenile crimes are much different than those for adult crime, and an experienced attorney will be able to ensure your rights, and those of your child are protected.

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Detention and Juvenile Crimes

Detention for juvenile crimes is much different than detention for adult crimes in the state of Florida. While detention for adult crimes can mean time in a state penitentiary, the focus of juvenile detention is to rehabilitate the offender. The state of Florida takes a different approach to juvenile crime, hoping to prevent future instances of criminal behavior through rehabilitation, substance abuse programs, education, and mental health care.

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International Drug Trafficking

International drug trafficking is a federal offense. When you are charged with this offense, you will need an attorney who not only has a strong knowledge of drug trafficking laws, but also a firm understanding of the laws of different countries. More than knowledge, you need an attorney with sufficient experience handling these cases in federal courts.

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Distribution and Sale

The distribution and sale of drugs in the state of Florida is a drug trafficking crime with serious consequences. If you have been charged with this, or any drug related crime, it is essential that you speak to one of the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida before you answer any questions from the police.

Possession with Intent to Distribute

Possession with intent to distribute is a drug trafficking crime in the state of Florida. Depending on the type and quantity of drugs in your possession, this drug related offense can have serious consequences. The penalties for drug trafficking are as follows:


Simple Possession

In the state of Florida, simply possessing a large amount of drugs can get you charged with drug trafficking. Possession laws are less extreme than drug trafficking laws and, depending on the amount of drugs found in your possession, may be a more attractive prosecution for the District Attorney.

Delivery of a Controlled Substance of Drug Paraphernalia to a Minor

Delivery of a controlled substance to a minor in the state of Florida is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in jail and $10,000 in fines. Delivery of drug paraphernalia to a minor in the state of Florida is a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. These are serious drug possession charges that the state aggressively pursues, often to both set precedent and strike fear into future drug dealers.

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Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute

Charges for possession of a controlled substance can range from a third to a first degree felony with penalties ranging from 5 to 30 years in jail, and thousands of dollars in fines. Possession with intent to distribute can fall under drug trafficking laws, and carry up to 25 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Proving Intention

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