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The Florida Juvenile Collateral Consequences Checklist

Published May 21, 2013, Juvenile Justice Center

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The purpose of the Florida Juvenile Collateral Consequences Checklist is to provide attorneys, judges, and other juvenile justice professionals with the most current information available on the immediate and long term consequences of juvenile adjudications of delinquency. It is the responsibility of defense attorneys to explain to the clients and their families the consequences of delinquency court prior to proceeding with consent decrees, adjudicatory hearings or admissions colloquies.

Collateral consequences include both collateral sanctions and discretionary disqualification. A collateral sanction means a penalty, disability, or disadvantage imposed on an individual as a result of the individual’s adjudication or conviction for an offense that applies by operation of law whether or not it is included in the judgment or sentence. A discretionary disqualification means a penalty, disability, or disadvantage that an administrative agency, governmental official, or a court in a civil proceeding is authorized, but not required, to impose on an individual on grounds relating to the individual’s conviction or adjudication for an offense.


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