On Tuesday night, two boys in St. Johns County allegedly stole a Nissan Pathfinder from the North Orange Street area. St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has identified the driver as 12-year-old Camry Dirden. The passenger was David Adams, and he is 14-years-old. The vehicle was reported stolen on Tuesday night to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. The St. Augustine Police department found the vehicle “after a description was shared with other law enforcement agencies.” First Coast News of Jacksonville further reported:
“The Pathfinder was traveling in the inside lane on southbound SR 207 at a high rate of speed when the driver attempted to make a last-minute right turn on Holmes Road. Stopped in the left turn lane on Holmes Road was a 2000 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Saquib Raza, 28. The Pathfinder struck the left side of the Jetta, pushing it across two lanes, according to the report. After hitting the Jetta, the Pathfinder continued into a parking lot and was stopped after hitting a sign post.”
The children and the other driver were taken to Flagler Hospital. The other driver was wearing his seat belt. The two juveniles were not wearing their seat belts. They were all treated for minor injuries at Flagler Hospital. The two boys will be charged under Florida’s juvenile criminal laws. They were arrested and charged with Florida grand theft and possession of stolen property. The driver will also receive a Florida traffic citation. He will receive a ticket for driving without a valid drivers license. This is not the same a Jacksonville driving on a suspended or revoked license ticket. He also received a Florida ticket for careless driving. Careless driving is not the same as a Jacksonville reckless driving ticket, because it is a civil infraction and not a criminal charge.
The First Coast News article stated, “SAPD officers tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped away and crashed.” As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, I expected to see charges for Florida fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement officer. Florida Statute 316.1935 is the law for fleeing and attempting to elude the police. It states:
“It is unlawful for the operator of any vehicle, having knowledge that he or she has been ordered to stop such vehicle by a duly authorized law enforcement officer, willfully to refuse or fail to stop the vehicle in compliance with such order or, having stopped in knowing compliance with such order, willfully to flee in an attempt to elude the officer, and a person who violates this subsection commits a felony of the third degree.”
The 12 year old driver may not have had knowledge that he was being ordered to stop. This may be why a fleeing charge was not added.
The children are being charged as St. Johns County juveniles. The will need help from St. Augustine lawyers with experience in juvenile criminal cases. If you need help with a juvenile case in Northeast Florida, contact 20 Miles Law. Talk to a Jacksonville juvenile attorney by calling 904-564-2525. You may also email a Jacksonville criminal lawyer by clicking on Find a lawyer.
The boys will also need to think about their criminal backgrounds. These Florida theft charges could come back to haunt them later on. The children will want jobs in the future or to go to college. You can only clear your Florida criminal background under certain circumstances. They will need to dispose of their cases in a manner that will allow them to seal or expunge the Florida criminal records. In order to seal the Florida record, they cannot receive a criminal conviction or be adjudicated as a juvenile delinquent. They may be able to expunge the Florida criminal records if the charges are dropped.