The Delinquency Court Process in Florida

A circuit court judge in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida, Michael Kalil has a JD from Stetson College of Law. While an undergraduate, he was awarded the Stetson College of Law Certificate in Leadership Development. The attorney was also awarded the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award for over 200 hours of community service. Judge Michael Kalil is a circuit court judge presiding over the dependency court and the delinquency court.

When a youth is charged with breaking the law or taken into custody for a delinquent act, they may be handed a civil citation if the offense is a first-time misdemeanor. However, if the youth admits to the alleged violation of law, the delinquency court might move directly to a disposition hearing.

A judge will preside over those cases throughout the matter without a jury. The judge determines the type of sanctions to be imposed on the youth, which may include home detention, restitution, probation, community service, or commitment.

Rather than being found guilty of crimes, juveniles are adjudicated delinquent. If the acts involve serious crimes or felonies, they are not committed to prison but sent to a reformatory or training school. The federal government retains some jurisdiction over a number of crimes committed by juveniles, such as those occurring in national parks.

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