WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD PARTICIPATES IN THE YOUTH DIVERSION PROGRAM?
Upon completion of the Youth Diversion Program, the juvenile will not be charged with the offense. This means that the juvenile will not have a juvenile arrest record or an adult arrest record, if over the age of 15.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CHILD DOES NOT PARTICIPATE OR FAILS TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM?
Participation is voluntary but if the referred juvenile refuses or their parent/guardian refuses to allow them to participate, charges may be filed against them. The case will be referred back to the original investigating officer who made the referral. Charge(s) may be pursued through the Juvenile Court System.
MY CHILD IS WILLING TO PARTICIPATE. WHAT DO WE DO NEXT?
You do not need to take any action at this time. You will be contacted by a Diversion Specialist. The Diversion Specialist is an employee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and will attempt to contact you by telephone, email, and/or regular U.S. Postal mail. The Diversion Specialist will set up a time to meet with you and your child that will ultimately determine the most appropriate life skills class for your child.