Orlando Juvenile Dependency

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

In the world of juvenile charges, not all of them are directed at the minor. When dealing with juvenile dependency, the accused is traditionally the custodian, parent, or guardian of the child or children. This is due in large part to the State of Florida classifying the children as dependents, and therefore they are in the care of another. If you are a parent or guardian who is facing dependency charges, you are facing serious consequences, perhaps most so the threat of losing custody of your child.

At the law offices of Whitney S. Boan, P.A., we specialize in dealing in juvenile cases, including charges of dependency. There are many technicalities in all crimes, and as a result it’s not in your best interest to try for self-representation. It’s highly likely that you will miss an element that an experienced juvenile law attorney will be able to spot, and if you have the best representation you can potentially avoid the punishments that are presented to you.

At Whitney S. Boan, P.A. in Orlando, FL, your needs take a priority. Your case is serious to us, and as a result we are here for you when you need us. All you need to do is call: (407) 413-9569

How Does the Court Proceed?

Unlike most criminal cases, these charges don’t just have one time in court with either a guilty or innocent verdict. There are steps that the courts go through in order to determine whether the accused is fit to continue being the primary caregiver, or if they are indeed failing in their rights for dependency laws.

Within one day of the State taking temporary custody of the child, the court proceeds with a shelter hearing, where they take a look at all aspects of the child’s home situation. In cases where the judge does not take part in this hearing, there’s another review within three days after the initial shelter hearing. Unfortunately, this is the part of the proceedings where a lawyer, no matter how experienced, cannot help very much. That doesn’t mean we can’t provide consultation, but there are certain aspects which cannot be changed regardless of your defense.

Where Whitney S. Boan can assist you is in the arraignment period and the adjudicatory hearings. In both of these cases you can present to judge and jury your side of the argument. Perhaps there is evidence that can give you back custody, or prevent you from losing it in the first place. By bringing these pieces of evidence with you in your initial consultation with us, we can start to work together to create your defense as early as possible. As with any case, the prosecution begins working on their case the moment the charge is filed, and it’s therefore important that you call us as soon as you can.

Attempting self-representation is not always in your best interest, despite your relation to the case. In fact, your closeness to the situation precludes you to making potentially self-incriminating statements which can be used against you. At the law offices of Whitney S. Boan, P.A. we assist you in presenting a time-line to the courts in the best way possible for you. Not only are there various options you may not be aware of, but we can provide you the unbiased approach that can protect you and get the desired result that you want. Contact us as soon as possible so that we can start building your case – time is of the essence.