Civil Citation Instead Of Arrest for Juveniles


Law enforcement officers need to be trained that juveniles who commit a first time misdemeanor offense can be issued a civil citation instead of arresting the juvenile. This training should encourage officers to issue civil citations instead of making an arrest for juveniles who commit first time misdemeanor offenses.  A civil citation requires a juvenile to perform up to fifty hours of community service, to participate in intervention services like counseling based on the juveniles needs, to write letters of apology to victims and to pay any restitution.  If the juvenile does not complete the civil citation requirements then the juvenile may be prosecuted for the offense.

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