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Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) in Tampa

After the detention of a juvenile in Hillsborough County, FL, the arresting officer will take the child to the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) in Tampa FL. A criminal defense attorney can represent a child detained for a felony or misdemeanor offense prior to their release from JAC or the juvenile detention center in Hillsborough County.

The child has the right to remain silent if he or she is suspected of violating the law. The child can simply say: "I do not want to make a statement or answer questions until after I speak with an attorney." The parents can also ask that the child not be quesitoned until an attorney is present.

The Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center in Tampa, FL, processes juveniles detained for a felony or misdemeanor prior to being released to their parent or detained in the juvenile detention center. An attorney can repersent the child at all stage of the case.

Attorney on JAC in Tampa, FL

If your child was detained for allegedly committing a felony or juvenile offense, then seek out the services of an experienced attorney for juvenile defense in Tampa, FL.

We represent children at every stage of the case. In some cases, we even represent the child before the allegations are known to law enforcement. We are sometimes retained when the criminal investigation begins. In other cases, we are not retained until after the child is taken to the juvenile assessment center or the juvenile detention center.

After a criminal accusation is made, it is important for the child to talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney for juvenile court as early in the process as possible. We can help your child today to protect their rights.

Call 813-250-0500.


What is JAC in Hillsborough County, FL?

The Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) receives and processes juveniles accused of a crime committed in Tampa or Hillsborough County at a central location on a 24 hour basis. Young people are brought to the JAC by officers with local law enforcement agencies in Hillsborough County, FL.

JAC provides legal and social services for young offenders and truants in a multi-agency collaborative manner. Case Management services are provided at JAC specifically for youth that are minor offenders and therefore eligible to be diverted from the Juvenile Court System.

At the JAC, a preliminary screening and in depth assessment will be conducted by the Agency for Community Treatment Services (ACTS). ACTS works with local law enforcement agencies thorughout Hillsborough County to provide services at a single intake center. Those agenies include:

  • the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HSCO);
  • the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ);
  • the Tampa Police Department;
  • Hillsborough County School Services;
  • University of South Florida (USF);
  • Hillsborough County Department of Children's Services.

JAC makes referrals for additional evaluation or treatment while providing a comprehensive information system to collect data on the following:

  • abuse or neglect in the home;
  • mental health problems;
  • alcohol/other drug use;
  • educational history and needs.

Our criminal defense attorneys represent youths under the age of 18 years old who enter the juvenile justice system.


Additional Resources


Agency for Community Treatment Services (ACTS) at JAC - The screening entity for the JAC is the Agency for Community Treatment Services (ACTS) located at 8605 North Branch Avenue, Tampa FL 33604. ACTS provides case management services, including intake, assessment and direct referrals to diversion programs. It also provides prevention services to all individuals presented for JAC services incuding a video targeted at substance abuse prevention.

JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER (JAC) - Tampa / Hillsborough County
8605 N. Branch Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604
P. 813.936.9099
F. 813.936.2630

Hillsborough Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) - Visit the website of JAC in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL.

Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) in Hillsborough County, FL
8620 N. Dixon Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

This article was last updated on Friday, August 24, 2018.