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Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program (Civil Citation)

Civil Citation is an alternative to arrest for youth 8-17 years of age who commit certain first time misdemeanor offenses.    Florida Statute 985.12 gives law enforcement authorization to issue the youth a civil citation in lieu of arrest.  Youth will receive a risk assessment and may be referred to services such as counseling, treatment, and other appropriate community resources. The Civil Citation Program works with community partners in the effort to reduce juvenile crime and to provide services for at-risk youth.