Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor in Florida

In Florida, the crime of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is committed when a person over the age of eighteen commits any act which causes, tends to cause, encourages, or contributes to a minor become delinquent, dependent, or a child in need of services; or causes a minor to commit or perform any act, follow a course of conduct, or live in a manner that causes or tends to cause such minor to become, or to remain, a dependent child, delinquent child, or a child in need of services. [1]

A minor (also referred to as a child) is defined as any person under the age of 18.

Penalties for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

In Florida, the crime of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is classified as a First Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to one (1) year in jail, one (1) year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.

If convicted of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a judge may sentence a person to probation, but may also impose a sentence up to the statutory maximum of one year in jail.

Defenses to Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

In addition to the pretrial defenses and trial defenses that can be raised in any criminal case, specific defenses to the crime of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor are:

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References

  1. Florida Statute 827.04(1)