Diversion Program

Acceptance Into Program
The Juvenile Diversion Program is a voluntary program offered to youth between the ages of 12-17, who are first time criminal offenders. The juvenile must have a pending criminal charge to be offered the Juvenile Diversion Program. Certain eligibility requirements must be met to be eligible for the program. If you are interested in knowing whether a juvenile qualifies for the program, contact the Diversion Office at 687-6311.

In addition, an interested juvenile:
  • Must express interest in the program
  • Be willing to admit and complete a statement of guilt
  • Must not have any convictions in any jurisdiction, excluding minor traffic offenses
If a juvenile qualifies for diversion:
  • Letter will be sent to home and potential candidate will have five days to respond
  • If no response, ticket is forwarded to court
  • Generally, the program is six months to one year depending upon offense and level of services needed
  • The fee for diversion is $50 and is non-refundable, if juvenile fails or quits the program. Juvenile may be referred to outside services which may include additional costs
  • Diversion insures no record of conviction if the juvenile successfully completes the program
Requirements While on Diversion
  • Must be enrolled in school, and maintain C’s in all classes
  • Submit to random drug and alcohol testing
  • Complete Corrective Thinking Classes
  • Complete assigned community service hours
  • Pay restitution and submit an apology letter to the victim of the crime, if applicable
  • If necessary, complete a drug and alcohol evaluation or counseling. The juvenile is responsible for additional fees incurred
  • Submit to urinalysis screens for monitoring for controlled substance and/or alcohol use
  • Abide by diversion curfew and all other requirements of the diversion contract
In the event a juvenile fails the Juvenile Diversion Program, the original ticket is forwarded to court. New charges are possible. The Diversion Office appears in court and addresses the court. The juvenile is dismissed from the Juvenile Diversion Program and proceeds through the court system, if appropriate.

Top Crimes
Campbell County’s top four list of crimes that land juveniles in the diversion program:
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Shoplifting
  • Use of a controlled substance (e.g., marijuana)
  • Destruction of Property