At just 14 years old, Danielle Bregoli caught the nation’s attention after appearing on “Dr. Phil” last year with her mother, Barbara.
The intent was to straighten out Danielle’s volatile and aggressive behavior, but in one single outburst toward the audience, that all changed.
Danielle asked for those laughing in the audience to step outside and fight, coining the catchphrase, “Cash me ousside, how bow dah?”
It wasn’t long before the internet made her a sensation:
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Since then, Bregoli traded in middle school for Hollywood, signed multiple advertising deals, and has developed an actual brand.
Apart from cashing in on her “cash me ousside” phrase, however, Bregoli has continued to get into trouble — but this time, Dr. Phil’s lectures are the least of her worries.
Before she moved to California, and before her infamous catch phrase hit the air, Bregoli was accused of a number of serious offenses in her hometown of Delray Beach, Florida.
WSB-TV reported that Bregoli was accused of stealing her mother’s purse, stealing her car, and lying to police by claiming that her mother was on heroin, reportedly telling officials there had been a domestic battery between her and her mother.
More recently, WSB-TV reported that Bregoli was caught with marijuana inside a vehicle.
Her father, Ira Peskowitz, told WSB-TV that his daughter’s sudden thrust into fame has led to her to “being exploited for her horrific, disgusting behavior.”
And on Wednesday, the 14-year-old plead guilty to that “horrific behavior” — grand theft auto, grand theft, possession of marijuana, and filing a false police report. She was charged with two additional counts last month, but both were dismissed.
According to Kory Hill, supervising attorney of the Public Defender Juvenile Division, juveniles in Florida face very limited sentencing.
He told Dearly that there are only three types of punishments. The first, least serious sentence is a warning — a one to 20-minute lecture from the judge. Warnings are typically given to first-time offenders facing minor misdemeanor charges.
The next, more common form of discipline, is called a “probationary period” — it can consist of required community service, mandatory counseling, or both. Hill also said that probation is generally accompanied by the following five rules:
- Go to school.
- Listen and abide by the rules of your home.
- Listen to your curfew.
- Don’t get arrested.
- No drugs, alcohol, or weapons.
The final, and most severe form of punishment is a “commitment program.” Hill told Dearly these programs — of which there are four varying levels — are normally ordered once a child has violated probation or committed an especially heinous crime.
Although each of the four program levels vary, there is one common theme: structure.
Whether a child is ordered to the least severe, a “minimum risk program,” or the most severe, a “maximum risk program,” he or she is required to attend a supervised school through the Department of Juvenile Justice and maintain a strict schedule.
Every program above the “minimum risk program” requires for the child to live in a locked facility. However, Hill described it as more of an “adult rehab facility,” saying:
“It’s not like a jail.”
He continued, detailing what an average day for a child would look like inside these programs:
“It’s very structured inside. The kids are woken up in the morning, they go to school all day, and get therapy by licensed psychologists. At night they have free time to watch movies or play video games, but it’s very monitored.”
Additionally, Hill said juvenile sentencing is completely unlike that of adults. Rather than facing a set minimum and maximum punishment for a crime, a child’s sentencing depends on their history, psych evaluation, and other factors.
But no matter the crime, as long as it was committed before the offender was 18 years old, a child’s sentence can only be until he or she turns 19. However, Hill told Dearly there was one exception:
“If the judge decides on commitment programs, the child’s sentence can be dragged out until he or she is 21 years old.”
Although Bregoli’s crimes aren’t considered especially heinous, if her behavior on Dr. Phil was any indication of how she’d treat a judge, she might be facing more than just a lecture. Her next hearing is set for July 22.