Diversion and Prevention

Program Information

Many juveniles referred to juvenile court are first or second time offenders who commit offenses such as shoplifting, malicious mischief, fare evasion, or possession of alcohol. These youth may be eligible for an alternative to formal involvement with the court process known as “diversion.” Diversion is provided by the Los Angeles County Probation Department. After a probation officer reviews the case and determines that the youth is eligible for diversion, the youth will enter into a written agreement about what consequences will be imposed for the youth’s behavior. The agreement may include community restitution work (i.e. community service), a fine, counseling, informational or educational classes, and other options. State law defines the types and extent of consequences that that may be imposed. If the youth does not want to participate in diversion or fails to comply with the agreement, the youths case may be referred to a hearing officer who will meet with the youth and parent or, in formal diversion the matter could be submitted to the District Attorney for petition where the youth and parent would have to attend court and meet with a judge. The youth would require an attorney; one could be provided by the court if the family could not afford an attorney for the youth.

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(818-901-3001)

 

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(818-901-3005)

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(818-901-3006)

 

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Spanish Speaking

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