Monday, April 9, 2012

Florida Senate Bill 212 Potentially Limits Juvenile Sentences

Tampa Bay Criminal Attorney and Former State Prosecutor Melinda Morris of the Morris Law Firm discusses the proposed Senate Bill 212 and its potential effect on juvenile sentences.


Florida Senate Bill 212 seeks to give juveniles who committed non-homicidal crimes the opportunity for parole or re-sentencing after 15 years.  Inmates would only be eligible if they met certain criteria such as the level of risk the offender imposes on society; the wishes of the victim; the level of the offender’s participation in the offense; the offender’s sense of remorse; the offender’s age at the time of the offense; and their behavior while incarcerated.

Why This Matters To You:

Senate Bill 212 is a potential improvement to the sentencing laws that affect those that commit crimes as juveniles in Florida.  Although the proposed law would only affect approximately 110 inmates, it indicates that Florida lawmakers are giving additional consideration to juveniles who commit serious crimes and may be rehabilitated by the criminal justice system.

Very long sentences for a juvenile may be viewed as the equivalent of a life sentence.  The proposed Senate Bill gives some hope to juveniles convicted in the State of Florida.

What To Do Next:

If your child has been charged with a juvenile crime in Tampa, contact a St. Petersburg Juveniles Crimes Lawyer to discuss possible defenses and specific strategies that may exist in the case.  Call the Morris Law Firm at 727-388-4736 to discuss you case directly with an attorney, or fill out our Online Form to be contacted for a Free Initial Consultation.  The Morris Law Firm can help.  Attorney Melinda Morris has specific knowledge and experience in representing juvenile offenders throughout Pinellas County the entire Tampa Bay, FL area (St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Hillsborough, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota and Bradenton).