How Juvenile Diversion Works
The period of supervision for Juveniles participating in the Diversion Program may last up to one year. Juveniles on Diversion are required to abide by certain standard conditions as well as participating in, and completing, particular programs that are specific to their situation and the underlying circumstances of their offense. Standard conditions may include some or all of the following:
- Weekly contact with the case officer.
- Random drug testing.
- Random searches of anything within the dominion, care, or control of the juvenile.
- Monitoring school attendance, behavior, and grades.
- Payment of fees and restitution, as applicable.
- Home visits by the case officer.
- Behavior evaluations.
- Regular Counseling or other treatment programs.
- Community service.
Case plans are tailored to address unique situations in an appropriate and timely manner. In some cases, juveniles in the Diversion Program will be given specific deadlines as to when they are to complete certain requirements. For instance, if assigned community service, it is important that the juvenile complete the required number of hours of community service by the due date.
Any violations of the conditions or requirements of Diversion may result in the case officer imposing consequences and/or additional conditions up to and including termination of the case. In the event that the juvenile fails the Diversion program and their case is terminated, the case is referred back to the Prosecuting Attorney for consideration of formal charges. It is important that parents/guardians understand that cases may also be terminated in the event a parent or guardian hinders the ability of the juvenile to fully participate in the program, or if they fail to report violations of the juvenile.
Parents/guardians are required to arrange transportation to and from assigned classes and activities.