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Juvenile Client Services Division

Juvenile Client Services assists the Juvenile Assistant Public Defenders with gathering family, educational, and medical information for preparation of their client’s defense. Additionally, Juvenile Client Services assists the clients to become involved with services to help reduce recidivism, and to guide the client to a crime-free productive life.

Juvenile Client Service Specialists meet with the client, and with parents/caregivers to make certain that all parties are aware of their responsibilities throughout the criminal justice process. The JCS Specialist develops a profile of need for recommended medical/psychological assessment and/or referrals for resources to appropriate supportive services.

Clients detained in the Juvenile Justice Detention Center are evaluated by the Specialist for possible alternative placement with treatment services in place of the full 21 days in the Detention Center.

The Specialist represents the Juvenile Assistant Public Defender at Commitment Staffings. Commitment Staffings are conducted when a previously sentenced client has recurring charges. The Specialist conveys the recommendations for further sentencing to the Juvenile Assistant Public Defender. Sentencing recommendations are referred to the Court by the client’s Juvenile Probation Officer.

In certain situations, the State Attorney’s Office may file charges against a Juvenile in Adult Court. In that event, a Juvenile may be transferred to the St. Lucie County Jail for prosecution as an adult. An experienced Public Defender in the Felony Division will be assigned to represent the Juvenile. The Juvenile Client Specialist shall assist the Felony Division to assess the needs of the Juvenile and collect background information. A profile of the client’s education, mental/physical health, developmental disability, and/or substance abuse shall support recommendations for medical/psychological treatment, and shall assist the attorneys with identifying the client for juvenile or adult sanctions.

Resource Links



Over the years, the Client Services Program has cultivated relationships with many local social service agencies.

Therefore, we can refer clients to:

One-Stop Career Center
Learn to Read
English as a Second Language
Dept. Vocational  Rehab
Prescription Assistance
Homeless Assistance Center
Dept.of Children and Families
Dept.of Develop. Disabilities
Project Response
New Horizons
Client Choice Program
 ...And many other agencies.

Contact Information

Lisa Fonteyn
Client Services Coordinator
Katie Alonzo, Esq.
Assistant Public Defender
Client Services Specialist
Michelle Derrico
Client Services Specialist
1664 SE Walton Road
Suite 203
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952

 Fax (772) 337- 5692




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