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Juvenile Defense in Pasco County

When a young person under the age of eighteen (18) years old is accused of a crime, the case goes through the juvenile justice system. When the charges are particularly serious, the State Attorney’s Office might decide to prosecute the case in adult court. The goal of the juvenile defense attorney is helping the child resolve the case under the best possible terms.

For less serious cases, a diversion program provides an alternative to an adjudicatory hearing by placing the child in a community-based program such as:

  • a treatment plan, called the "Walker plan," for sexually motivated acts against a younger child;
  • alternative services program (JASP);
  • juvenile arbitration.

The State Attorney's Office in Pasco County offers several different types of diversion programs. The pros and cons of entering a diversion program must be considered carefully. An experienced juvenile defense attorney can help you decide whether entering the program is appropriate and negotiate the best possible terms.

The diversion programs for juvenile cases in Pasco County, FL, provide a path to getting the charges dismissed while decreasing the number of cases resolved in formal court proceedings in juvenile court. The judge assigned to juvenile delinquency cases in West Pasco at the courthouse in New Port Richey, FL, is the Honorable Philippe Matthey.

With offices in New Port Richey, FL, the attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent young people accused of a crime in juvenile delinquency proceedings in the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pasco County. We can help the child understand the charges pending against them and the best way to fight the charges.

Attorneys Defending Juveniles in New Port Richey, FL

With offices in New Port Richey, our juvenile defense attorneys represent young people during all stages of the juvenile justice process including the initial intake, the arraignment on the formal charges, an adjudicatory hearing, disposition hearings or sentencing.

After the child is initially detained, the court can impose one of three forms of detention while the case is pending including home detention, non-secure detention, or secure detention. We can help you secure your child's release under the best terms while be fight the underlying accusation.

Contact a criminal defense attorney in New Port Richey, FL, for more information regarding the stages of the criminal and juvenile justice process. Our offices are conveniently located at 7509 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 35654. Call 813-250-0500.

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Additional Resources

Juvenile Justice Process in Pasco County - Visit the website of the State Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pasco County to learn more about the juvenile justice process including the initial intake, the arraignment on the formal charges, an adjudicatory hearing, disposition hearings, or sentencing.

Clerk of Juvenile Court in Pasco County, FL - Visit the clerk’s office in Pasco County, to learn more about the juvenile department of the clerk’s office that handles accusation against young people under the age of 18 years old who are accused of a delinquent act that would be a crime if committed by an adult.

Juvenile Choice Program in Pasco County - Visit the website of the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about the Juvenile Choice Program, an hour-long power point presentation that shows stories of inmates explaining how bad choices resulted in being locked up behind bars. The program is shown to juveniles in the court-mandated monthly Juvenile Arbitration program at Pasco Safety Town.

Pasco Juvenile Detention Center - Visit the website of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice to learn more about the Pasco Juvenile Detention Center in San Antonio, FL. This 36-bed secure facility serves young people detained in the various circuit courts pending adjudication, disposition or placement in commitment facility. The facility allows visitation options for parents, grandparents, legal guardians, as well as legal counsel and other professionals. 


This article was last updated on Friday, June 15, 2018.