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My 14 year old son has been arrested for Petty Theft, he has

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My 14 year old son has been arrested for Petty Theft, he has a court date 2 weeks out, I am not sure if we need an attorney or not- This is in Florida
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.

Petit theft is a misdemeanor in FL. It is punishable by up to 1 year in juvenile detention (depending on which degree of course, as the lesser degree which is second degree, less than $100, and is punishable by up to 60 days in juvenile). Your son absolutely needs an attorney and the court in FL will not let you as a parent represent him, so he certainly needs an attorney to protect his rights to try to fight this case or at the very least negotiate with the DA, especially if this is a first offense to get a deferred adjudication, which is where the court puts him on probation of about 12 months and if he does not have any violations in that time they will dismiss charges against him, thus giving him a clear record.

In any offense where jail, juvenile detention, and a criminal record is a possible sentence, it is always best to make sure the defendant is represented by an attorney for the very least reason to negotiate the best deal possible for your son if they cannot get the charge dismissed outright.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX of attorney do I need to look for??

Thank you for your response.

You would need a criminal defense attorney and you can find one at the same sites used by other attorneys, or or

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your help

Thank you very much.

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