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Proposed Reforms In Florida Juvenile Cases

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

If criminal justice activists can persuade lawmakers to relax Florida law on the handling of juvenile cases, 2018 may be the year that a 28-year-old bill actually becomes law. According to a December 5, 2017 article in the Tallahassee Democrat, the Sunshine State’s current juvenile crimes system is at odds with research on the… Read More »

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Six Fort Lauderdale Youths Arrested on Felony Charges for Theft, Gun Crimes

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

On June 26, 2017, police announced the arrests of six juveniles, all hailing from Fort Lauderdale, in connection with theft and gun crimes tracing back several weeks. According to West Palm Beach’s CBS 12 News, various law enforcement authorities across South Florida collaborated in order to bring about the arrests on felony charges. Among… Read More »

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Florida Legislature Considering Two Bills for Teen Criminal Offenders

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Most legislators and law enforcement officials would agree that Florida should dedicate more effort to assist juveniles who commit crimes. At times, it makes sense from a policy standpoint to help them avoid a permanent criminal record and move on to a brighter future. However, there is some difference of opinion over how the… Read More »

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Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs for Juvenile Offenders

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Florida TaxWatch, a non-governmental watchdog group that focuses on efficient use of the state’s tax payer dollars, recently released results of a study covering juvenile pre-arrest diversion programs. The report demonstrated that these programs, officially termed “civil citations” under Florida law, are effective in reducing taxpayer investment in matters involving children committing certain non-violent… Read More »

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Diversion Programs Offer an Alternative to Criminal Conviction

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A recent article in Florida Today reported on the findings of the state’s taxpayer watchdog group, Florida TaxWatch, related to various diversion programs for criminal activities. The analysis specifically focused on Florida’s pre-arrest diversion for juveniles, but also pointed out how these programs can put taxpayer dollars to better use – as compared to… Read More »

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When Can A Minor Be Charged As An Adult In Fort Lauderdale?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

The Sun-Sentinel recently reported a story on an armed home invasion in Pompano Beach, and one of the perpetrators of the crime is drawing attention for his age. The Broward County State’s Attorney’s Office has charged a 14-year-old boy as an adult for his role in the home invasion and burglary while carrying a… Read More »

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New Florida Law Allows Juvenile Offenders to Expunge Records at 21 Years of Age or Earlier

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

When it comes to charging adolescents and minors with crimes, there is always a feeling that the system has failed the children. The fact that they have been arrested for a misdemeanor or a felony generally says more about the situation that they have grown up in rather than the terrible qualities or negative… Read More »

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Miranda Rights and Juveniles: Are Kids Old Enough To Waive Miranda Rights?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to speak to an attorney before speaking to the police and to have one in the future. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you…”… Read More »

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Is There a Place in Our Society for Smart Gun Technology? Can It Stop Accidental Shootings?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Gun violence has soared out of control over the last decade, and more significantly in the last couple of years. It has been estimated that since mid-April, there have been at least 23 people who have been shot and killed accidentally by a toddler between the ages of 1 and 3 years of age…. Read More »

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Seventh Grade Girls’ Prank Leads to Their Arrest and Possible Conviction to First Degree Felonies

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Being young in our society is no longer an excuse for bad behavior, especially when it leads to criminal behavior. In the past, there seemed to be more tolerance for children just acting like children. However, these days, though children have not become more mature than their past counterparts, they are taking on more… Read More »

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