The Juvenile Civil Citation program allows youth with no previous criminal history to avoid a criminal record.
Too often, young people are arrested for minor crimes, exposing them to the juvenile justice system. Instead of an arrest, law enforcement officers can issue a civil citation. Minors are allowed to participate in the program for up to three misdemeanors.
To qualify for the Civil Citation program:
You must have committed a misdemeanor offense (no more than 3).
You must be 17 years of age or under.
You have no previous criminal history.
You received a citation from a law enforcement officer.
All cases are approved by the State Attorney.
The Civil Citation program provides the following:
An evidence-based assessment that provides the identification of service needs
Substance abuse counseling
Individual and family counseling
Victim and offender meditation
Monitoring educational goals
You will participate in the program for approximately 3 to 6 months.
If you need transportation, a Transit Pass may be given to you free of charge (restrictions apply).
The Civil Citation Program's model gives a chance to:
Strengthen the family unit
Lower referrals to the Juvenile Justice System for minor offenses
Reduce youth delinquent attitudes and behaviors
Create outlets for positive social activities
Address minority overrepresentation (racial and ethnic disparities)
You will not have a criminal record if the program is completed successfully. Because no court record is created, there are no court fees and court appearances are not required.
If you fail to complete the program, your case will be returned to the State Attorney for review.
The following criminal offenses are not eligible for the Civil Citation Program:
Any misdemeanor that involves the possession or use of a firearm.
Any misdemeanor that involves exposure of sexual organs or other sexual-related behavior (i.e. lewd and lascivious behavior).
Any misdemeanor that is directly related to (or part of) gang activity.
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