How Are Juvenile and Adult cases handled differently?
Juveniles under eighteen years old are generally prosecuted in Juvenile Court. Juveniles are usually detained and serve their custodial sentences in facilities that do not house adults. An exception to this is for some juvenile offenders who are sixteen or seventeen (depending on the offense) and are accused of certain serious felony offenses, some of these cases are prosecuted outside the juvenile system. Juvenile court is more geared toward rehabilitation than punishment and the Court is often more focused on addressing mental health or substance abuse problems and making sure the juvenile is regularly attending school, than imposing custodial sentences.