The Juvenile Assessment Center of Lee County, FL


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Assisting youth and families to seek the treatment and programs they need to lead productive, crime-free lives.


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The Juvenile Justice System in Lee County

Juvenile Justice System
in Lee County

Civil Citation
Juvenile Booking Facility
What is Secure Detention?
What is Home Detention?
Picking Up a Youth from the JAC
Detention Hearing
Juvenile Court Process
State Attorney Review of Case

Non-Judicial Handling of Cases
No Petition
Nolle Prosequi
Court Diversion
Lee County Diversion Programs

Judicial Handling of Cases
Delinquency Petition
Right to Counsel
Appointment of Public Defender
Arraignment Hearing
Plea Negotiations
Adjudicatory Hearing
Disposition Hearing
Restitution Hearing

Supervision After Commitment
Post Commitment Probation
Conditional Release

Juvenile Justice Case Flow
Important Phone Numbers

Map to DJJ Probation Offices &
SWFAS Cape Coral




When a person under the age of 18 is charged with a crime in Florida, the case is usually handled in the Juvenile Justice System.  The Juvenile Justice System is different than the adult Criminal Justice System.  This guide was developed to help parents and guardians with arrested youth and others who are interested in understanding how the judicial process typically works with youth in Lee County.
Note:  Traffic offenses are handled in Traffic Court, which is not the same as the Juvenile Court.  Some youth may have both traffic charges and criminal charges, in which case, they will be involved in two separate court processes. 
When a youth comes into contact with a law enforcement officer due to suspected illegal activity, the law enforcement officer gathers the facts and makes a decision on whether there are good reasons to believe that the youth has committed a crime.  If the officer decides that there is enough evidence to show that the youth committed a crime, the officer may “take the youth into custody.”  When a youth is taken into custody, the law enforcement officer takes temporary physical control of the youth. 
Note:  Taking a youth into custody is technically not the same as an arrest under Florida law, but it is commonly called an “arrest.”
Civil Citation
For some minor crimes, a law enforcement officer has the option to issue a civil citation instead of “arresting” the youth.  The youth has to admit to the charge and must agree to participate in the civil citation program.  If the youth agrees to participate, he/she is not arrested.  The youth meets with a civil citation coordinator who will assign community service hours, a service learning project, and/or may require the youth to participate in other services.  Once a youth completes his/her civil citation case plan he/she will have no arrest record and the case will be closed.  If the youth does not successfully complete his/her case plan, he/she will be arrested and the case will go through the court process.




 The Juvenile Assessment Center of Lee County is operated by the Lee County Sheriff's Office
in partnership with the Lee County Board of County Commissioners
and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.