Largo, FL– When a teenager engages in unlawful behavior, criminal charges will likely follow. When a teen in Florida is recognized for committing a crime, they may either be released to their parent/guardian or the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC). If a teen is released to the JAC, the detention process will then be initiated, according to the Florida State Attorney’s Office.

If your teen was recently arrested for committing a criminal offense in Largo, FL, Trevena, Pontrello and Associates is here to help you move forward. If you have questions regarding your next steps or need clarification on the charges that were filed against your teen, the criminal lawyers at Trevena, Pontrello and Associates offer free initial consultations. 

What happens after a teen is released from police custody?


There are a few things that can happen. If a teen is released back to his/her parents, the officer who detained them will then send the charges to the State Attorney’s Office for review. If the State Attorney’s Office determines the charges are valid, a petition shall be filed and an arraignment hearing shall be scheduled.

The teen will be required to be present during the arraignment, which will serve as their first appearance in court. During this time, a judge will read the charges that have been filed against them and they may be asked to enter a plea. It’s crucial for a teen to have legal representation with them during this time. This will help to ensure their rights are not overlooked and that they know how to properly respond.


Here’s what happens when a teen is released to the JAC


If a teen was released to the JAC, their case shall be sent to the State Attorney’s Office that same day. Once the teen arrives at the JAC, they will be screened by the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) intake personnel who will decide whether they need to be held in detention, should be placed on home detention, or can be released to their parent/guardian.

Juveniles who are released back to their parents to participate in house arrest will be issued a home detention contract. If a teen is required to stay at the JAC, they will be held in secure detention until their hearing the following day.

In the event your child is facing charges for a crime he/she may or may not have been involved in, contact Trevena, Pontrello and Associates so that a Largo, FL criminal defense lawyer can help you understand what to expect going forward along with what your teen’s options are.


With its office based in Largo Florida, Trevena, Pontrello and Associates primarily practices in Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco County, and throughout the state of Florida.


Trevena, Pontrello and Associates is located at:


801 W Bay Drive, Suite 509

Largo, FL 33770

Phone: 727-581-5813



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