Juvenile Diversion Offices
- Clear Creek County: (303) 679-2456
- Summit County: (970) 453-2327 Ext. 126
- Lake County: (719) 486-4174
- Eagle County: (970) 328-6947 Ext. 13
Choosing the Right Path
Diversion is a program designed to help prevent first time and selected youth offenders from entering the Juvenile Justice System. The Diversion Program incorporates prevention, intervention, and advocacy services in a comprehensive program tailored to each juvenile participant. Diversion is highly successful because it provides the opportunity for young people to take responsibility for and understand the consequences of their actions. Services received may provide them with tools to help them make more responsible choices and refrain from further criminal activity.
Diversion is a voluntary program offered through the District Attorney’s Office in Clear Creek, Lake and Summit Counties. At this time there is no diversion program in Eagle County. Entrance into the diversion program is a privilege, not a right. If the District Attorney determines that a juvenile is eligible for the diversion program, he or she will be invited to participate. When a youth enters the program, they are admitting to their criminal behavior, choosing not to go to court, and the District Attorney’s office agrees not to prosecute the case if diversion conditions are fulfilled.
Parental involvement is essential to the success of the diversion program. Parents or guardians are encouraged to participate in all aspects of the youth’s program.
An individual diversion program may last from 3-12 months, depending on the needs of the youth and circumstances of each case. Each diversion program is tailored to meet the needs of the juvenile and the family, and addresses the juvenile’s specific offense.
If a youth violates his/her diversion program, their case will be referred back to the District Attorney, and will be filed with the juvenile court system.
If a youth successfully completes the program, no charges are filed in court for the offense committed, and the youth does not have an adjudication (juvenile conviction).
A young person participating in the diversion program signs a contract specifying the conditions required for his/her individual program. The purpose of the contract is to provide a program which helps the young person understand the consequences of his/her actions
The contract may include, but is not limited to, provisions regarding any of the following:
- Direct Supervision
- Useful Public Service (U.P.S.)
- Restitution to victims of offense
- Letters of apology
- Educational classes or groups
- Alcohol/Drug evaluation and treatment
- Random drug or alcohol testing
- Written assignments
- Program Participation Fee: $60.00 – $65.00
- Drug Testing: $15.00 and up
- Useful Public Service Fee: Varies per County
- Classes / educational groups: Cost varies
- Specialized services: Varies