In the past, juvenile crimes were often overlooked. Today, juveniles are being prosecuted at a higher rate. Moreover, there is a current trend for the State of Florida to "direct file" criminal charges in adult court. It is now common to see 16 and 17 year-old children being charged as adults.
There is a big difference between the juvenile court system and the adult court system. There are many benefits to having your case remain in juvenile court. Overall, the goal of the juvenile justice system is to rehabilitate the offender. On the other hand, juveniles that are prosecuted in the adult system will be treated like adults. Unlike juvenile court, the primary purpose of adult sentencing is punishment . While rehabilitation is a noteworthy goal, a juvenile that is prosecuted as an adult will often be punished just like an adult. This can include incarceration in the Florida State Prison system.
When we were prosecutors in Pinellas county, we had the opportunity to prosecute juveniles for almost every kind of offense imaginable. Our past experience includes obtaining "adult" convictions against some of the most violent and dangerous juvenile gang members in our area. Some noteworthy convictions include the following charges: Second Degree Murder, Attempted First Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Residential Burglary, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm; Shooting at, within or into a Vehicle; Delinquent in Possession of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm on School Property.
Juvenile crimes can be very serious! They have the potential to stick with you forever. Therefore, they deserve serious attention. If your child or family member needs an experienced criminal trial attorney, Blake & Dorsten, P.A. can handle any type of juvenile case. Contact Blake & Dorsten, P.A. today for a free consultation on any Juvenile Crime that your child or family member may be facing.
Resources:The Juvenile System - What to Expect
Inside the Minds: "Juvenile Criminal Defense Strategies."