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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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