Criminal Defense Lawyer Defending Panama City Juveniles Against Criminal Charges

Juvenile being arrestedOur children are the most important people in our lives. From the moment of their births, we wanted nothing more than the very best for them. Unfortunately, children do make mistakes and are often the victims of peer pressure or circumstance. When kids get into trouble with the law, it is important that their cases be handled properly so that they do not spend their lives in “the system.” Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City, Florida criminal defense lawyer handling juvenile cases. He understands that this is an important time in the life of parents and their children. He will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact our office today if you need to speak with a lawyer.

Juvenile criminal defense attorney assisting Panama City residents

The juvenile system differs from the one adults face. This is due to the fact that Florida considers the charges against a youth to be “civil” in nature. The stated goal of the juvenile system is to put the child on the right path and not to punish. In reality, however, this distinction can seem to have little meaning. A juvenile will still go through the court process. They also still run the risk of facing incarceration as well as other penalties. Subsequent offenses can also lead to tougher penalties. Common cases involving juveniles include drug charges, DUI, or crimes of violence. Under extreme circumstances a child may even be tried as an adult.

A child will be brought before a judge within twenty-four hours of having been arrested. The Judge will decide whether or not to release the youth to their parents while the case proceeds. A hearing will be held at which the child will admit or deny the charges. A trial date will then be set. If evidence was obtained through law enforcement’s violation of the child’s constitutional rights then defense counsel may file Motions with the Court requesting that such evidence be excluded from trial. If a dismissal cannot be obtained, and a resolution is not reached, then the Judge will decide the issues of guilt and sentencing. Cases involving kids can involve a variety of complex issues and it is important to retain an experienced lawyer.

Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City juvenile defense attorney handling such matters. He will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of how the child was arrested and to begin formulating a defense strategy. He will quickly acquire all evidence which the prosecution is required to provide and he will launch a full investigation into the matter. Omar will file any necessary Motions with the Court and argue for a dismissal of the charges if he believes the child’s rights were violated. If a dismissal cannot be obtained, and a resolution cannot be reached, then he will prepare the case for trial. Omar will make sure that the child’s rights are protected throughout the process. We understand that this is a stressful time in your life. We are ready to assist you.

Omar also serves clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, Leon County residents in Tallahassee, Walton County residents in DeFuniak Springs and Miramar Beach, Liberty County residents in Bristol, Wakulla County residents in Crawfordville, Gadsden County residents in Quincy, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

Panama City lawyer providing quality representation to juveniles charged with criminal offenses

If your child has been arrested then you have enough to worry about. The last thing you should be concerned with is if you will be able to contact your attorney. Omar will personally handle the details of your child’s case from beginning to end. He will promptly return all phone calls and messages and keep you apprised of the status of your case. If your child has been charged with a criminal offense then you are entitled to a high level of service. Contact our Panama City office today to speak with a lawyer.