Juvenile Diversion Services
Juvenile Diversion Services is a program for first time criminal offenders who are 16 years
old or younger at the time of arrest. The program diverts the juvenileís case from the juvenile
justice system. Upon successful completion of the program, the pending charges against the
juvenile will be dismissed without going to court.
The program allows the participant to perform community service work, receive counseling
and guidance services, and pay restitution to the victims. Only participants who do not
present a threat to society and who have no significant prior criminal history are allowed
this second chance. Applicants to the program must be referred by the Family Court Prosecutor
in the Solicitorís office.
Juvenile Diversion Services is a self-supporting agency under the control and supervision
of the Circuit Solicitorís Office and is supported through the cooperation of judicial, law
enforcement and community services agencies.
Why do I have to wait for the prosecutor to refer my child to the program?
All cases involving juveniles must be reviewed by the Family Court Prosecutor. After careful review, the prosecutor will determine if a diversion program is an appropriate resolution for the pending charge.
What will my child have to do while in the program?
Participants are required to complete community service work at a non-profit agency, participate in individual or group counseling, attend a GET SMART program, submit to random alcohol and drug screens and attend school regularly or participate in GED program. Additional sanctions such as apology letters, book reports etc. may be assigned by the counselor if appropriate.
What happens if my child gets another charge?
Participants are advised that any further criminal arrests will terminate their participation in the program. The case will then be returned to the Family Court Prosecutor.
What happens if my child fails to complete the program requirements?
Failure to complete the programís requirements will result in the participantís case being returned to the Family Court Prosecutor and a court date will be scheduled.
What is the cost of the program?
There is a $200 fee for this program. The fee must be paid in the form of a money order. Fees can be paid in installments, if necessary.
How long does the program last?
Participants will be involved in the program for three to six months.
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