In Florida, arrested persons under the age of eighteen (18) years are generally treated as juvenile offenders. Offenses committed by persons under the age of eighteen (18) are generally prosecuted in juvenile court, with the exception of criminal traffic charges including the charge of DUI which are prosecuted in the regular county court division. The juvenile justice system focuses on the rehabilitation of the accused child rather than punishment. Although most juvenile prosecutions are resolved through diversion programs or a juvenile offender being required to complete probation,  a juvenile criminal conviction may still  have both short and long term ramifications. Some examples include school suspensions, driver’s license suspensions, the inability to receive financial aid, and disqualification from serving in the military. It is therefore important that an attorney, experienced with the intricacies of the juvenile court system review the specific facts surrounding your child’s case. To speak with one of the experienced criminal attorneys at Fletcher & Proctor, contact us today.