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A JPO is the front-line staff member who delivers case management services to your child and your family. For the most part, your child’s JPO is the single-point of contact for you and your child as your child’s case moves through the juvenile justice system.
The JPO is the staff member who recommends how to handle your child’s law violation, which may range from a non-judicial diversion program, probation supervision, or commitment, including residential commitment.
If your child goes to a residential commitment program, then your single-point of contact during that time will be your child’s residential social worker who is a member of the treatment team at the residential program.
If the youth successfully completes the program, no further action (no judicial action) will be pursued by the state attorney. However, if the youth fails to complete the program, the state attorney will file a petition with the juvenile division of the circuit court, formally charging the youth with the delinquent offense.
If your child successfully completes the program, no further court action will be pursued. However, if your child does not complete the diversion program, the State Attorney may file a petition with the Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court (Juvenile Court), formally charging your child with the delinquent offense.
If the State Attorney files a delinquency petition based on the charge it is sent to the Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court. This special division of the Court hears juvenile cases of law violations.
Your child’s JPO cannot recommend a diversion program for your child after the case has been tried in Juvenile Court.
If your child has committed a serious offense or is a habitual offender, the JPO’s recommendation may include prosecution of your child in Adult Court.
Your child cannot be tried as an adult after being tried as a juvenile for the same crime.
When this happens, the Florida Department of Corrections is involved in your child’s case, giving recommendations to Adult Court.
In some circumstances, a juvenile may be found guilty in Adult Court but sentenced back to DJJ for sanctions to be carried out or for commitment to a residential program.
Restitution payments and other court fees are payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Under no circumstances are DJJ employees or contracted agents authorized to accept restitution payments in any form. Do not give restitution money to your child’s JPO or other contracted agent providing supervision of your child.
While juvenile records are considered confidential, they are not automatically sealed and—in many instances—can be accessed by the general public through local law enforcement. For most, but not all purposes, the subject of a sealed or expunged criminal history record may lawfully deny or fail to acknowledge arrests that are covered by the sealing or expunction.
Generally speaking, juveniles can have most misdemeanors (and some felonies) sealed and most misdemeanors expunged after successful completion of a diversion program that expressly authorizes that to be done.
A fingerprint card and application, along with a fee, must be submitted to FDLE after the State Attorney’s Office certifies statutory eligibility (for expunctions). After FDLE issues a certification of eligibility, a petition is filed with the court to have the record sealed or expunged. A lawyer may assist you in this process.
According to Florida law, your child can deny any arrest covered by a sealed or expunged record. However, §943.0585 and §943.059, F.S., impose certain exceptions that require acknowledgement of arrests when, for example, the individual seeks employment with a criminal justice agency, a licensed child care facility, and other sensitive positions.
A conviction is a term applicable to a child who has been tried and convicted or pleads guilty in Adult Court.
If your child pleads guilty or is found guilty as a juvenile in Juvenile Court, it is an adjudication of delinquency and not deemed a conviction §985.35(6), F.S.
However, this does not mean that your child’s potential employer will not find out about his juvenile arrest record. Most employers conduct a comprehensive background search that is completed by FDLE, the state agency that keeps all records of criminal history in the State of Florida. A copy of this criminal record can be obtained from FDLE.
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