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Juvenile Detention

What happens if a child is ordered to detention in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL? This article explains the process used by the Hillsborough Regional Juvenile Detention Center which is located at 3948 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa, FL. 

Within 24 hours of being admitted, the child will be brought to the detention hearing. If the parents have not retained a private criminal defense attorney by that time, then the child will be represented by a criminal defense attorney with the Public Defender's Office.

At the detention hearing, the child's attorney will ask the court to release the child from detention. The attorney will also give the judge information about the child's backgrounds and all of the reasons the child should be released to the parents.  

This article is intended to help you understand more about what happens to the child after being detained in the Juvenile Detention Center for: 

  1. an alleged law violation; 
  2. a custody order; 
  3. on a pick up ordered issued from the bench by a judge; or
  4. on a DJJ hold order. 

Within 24 hours after the detention, the child will be brought before the court for a detention hearing. At the detention hearing, the judge will decide whether or not the child will stay in detention while the juvenile case is proceeding through the court system.

The child has the right to be represented by a private criminal defense attorney at this hearing. In many of these cases, the child's parent will retain the attorney immediately after learning that a criminal investigation has begun, that a detective wants to speak to the child, or after the child is taken to the detention center. 

What Happens at the Juvenile Detention Center?

Once the child arrives at the detention center, a detention officer will sit down with the child and explain the process. After orientation, the child will be admitted to detention. All of the child's personal items will be taken and held for safe keeping until the child is released. The child will be given clothing, hygiene items and shoes for the length of the stay in detention.

The child will be strip searched although the officer is not permitted to touch the child. After the search, the child will take a shower and get new clothes, The child is allowed two five-minute phone calls to their parent / guardian or their attorney during the admission process.

After admission, the child is given a sheet, blanket, toothbrush, and comb. The child will then be taken to the mod and the child's bed. Within 24 hours of being admitted, the child will be brought to the detention hearing.

Attorney Explains Juvenile Detention in Tampa, FL 

The criminal defense attorney can go to the detention center to meet with the child and then represent the child at the detention hearing held in court within 24 hours of the initial detention. At the detention hearing, the criminal defense attorney will explain to the court all of the reasons why the child should be released back to the parent while the case is pending.

In many of these cases, the judge will release the child back to the parents. In some cases, the child will be ordered to remain in the detention center for up to 21 days. 

If your child needs an attorney after being accused of a law violation, being subjected to a custody order, being picked up on a pick up ordered issued by the judge, or because of a DJJ hold order, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL, at Sammis Law Firm.

We can help you understand the process in juvenile court and help you fight for the best possible resolution of the case. In most of these cases, the best possible result is getting the charges dismissed by the trial court or dropped by the prosecutor. 

Call (813) 250-0500 to talk with an attorney about the facts of your case and our experience in the juvenile courts in Hillsborough County, FL. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call (813) 250-0500 today. 

This article was last updated on Friday, October 28, 2016.