The goal of any Jacksonville Juvenile Attorney is to keep their child client in juvenile court. There is a driving case pending in Jacksonville juvenile court that deals with “direct filing” a juvenile. That means that even thought the defendant is under 18 years-old, the state of Florida could choose to treat that defendant as an adult. The prosecutor has to file a Certificate of Filing Direct Information on a Juvenile.
When the child has been transferred to adult court, the child is treated in every respect as an adult. All felony cases pertaining t that child will be immediately transferred to adult court. The child will face all adult penalties, including prison time.
When a child is 14 or 15 years old at the time the alleged crime was committed, the prosecutor has discretion to file adult charges. The prosecutor makes the decision based on “public interest”. The offenses the prosecutor can direct file in this case are arson, sexual battery, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated child abuse, aggravated assault, aggravated stalking, murder, manslaughter, armed burglary, aggravated battery, grand theft, carjacking, etc.
When the child is 16 or 17 years-old at the time of the crime, the prosecutor may file adult felony charges in Jacksonville at their discretion.