When a juvenile (a person under 18) is arrested, they are taken to a juvenile detention center (JDC). These centers are usually located separately from the county jail in order to protect younger people from older offenders.
If you are unsure where your child here is a list of
Florida Detention Centers
Immediately after the arrest, a Juvenile Probation Office will make a determination based on your child’s history, the charge they were arrested on, and any aggravating or mitigating factors to determine if your child will be released. The child may be sent home with a parent or guardian, placed on home detention or be required to remain in detention.
The morning following their arrest the child will be required to appear in court to allow a judge to address their release. The court will take ingot account any additional concerns or conditions that may affect whether they decide to release the child from the JDC. Having an attorney at this hearing can make a difference between your child being released or being held for up to 21 days.
Find out more information here about home detention and detention in the juvenile center.