Protecting Your Child's Rights And Future

While juvenile mischief has been a part of every generation as far back as anyone can remember, the law takes criminal behavior by juveniles very seriously and police officers rarely take minors home to their parents and have the family handle it like they used to. In order to prevent a haunting record, it is crucial to have an aggressive and sound legal defense against juvenile charges.

At Cotton & Gates, Attorneys at Law, we have extensive experience defending against juvenile crimes charges in Northwest Florida. For more than 30 years, we have represented juveniles from Fort Walton Beach, Shalimar, Destin, and out-of-state visitors who were arrested while on vacation or spring break.

If your child's future is at stake due to a criminal charge, email us or contact our juvenile crime defense lawyers by phone at 850-855-4520 for a free consultation.

Underage Drinking Defense Attorneys Serving Destin and Northwest Florida

Our dedicated defense attorneys represent juveniles facing a variety of charges in both juvenile and adult court, including:

Most juvenile cases are handled in juvenile court. However, if a case involves a felony, such as armed robbery or another felony offense, the possibility exists for the case to be tried in adult court, which exposes a juvenile to prison time and other harsh sentences. There are also options available to the court in sentencing a juvenile. Those include boot camp and sentencing as a youthful offender which limits the time that a juvenile may be incarcerated. We will fight to keep your case in juvenile court where it belongs.

The Importance of Local Representation

For juveniles who get in trouble while on vacation or spring break, it is an advantage to have local representation. We understand how the local legal system works, and may be able to handle your case without you having to return for a court appearance.

Early Intervention Is Key — Contact a Lawyer

If you are facing juvenile criminal charges, it is important to contact us as soon as possible to speak with an attorney. We accept collect calls from jail, and can arrange after-hours appointments or jail visits to accommodate your circumstances.