State Considering Diversion Program For Teens In Trouble – Marion County Criminal Lawyer Hernando
It appears that there is a consensus that a move away from charging first time offending teens who commit certain misdemeanors, and instead give them a citation.
There are a couple different bills moving through the State congress aimed steering first time teens away from convictions and making sure a youthful mistake doesn’t follow them for the rest of their lived.
One bill proposes to have a mandate that a teen arrested for certain misdemeanors for the first time be automatically given a citation and put into a diversion program. It seeks uniformity across the state.
The competing bill would leave the decision into the hand of law enforcement, which would give more flexibility. If a teen were to be given a citation and complete the diversion program successfully they would automatically have their record expunged.
Hopefully common sense will prevail and one of these bills will pass, or maybe a combination of the two. There is no reason to saddle a young person with a criminal record for the rest of their life, when a diversion program can be just a successful in teaching life lessons, all while allowing the young person to still have every opportunity to make something of their life.
If you have a juvenile who has committed a crime and need an attorney, call Cagan & Cagan today for a free consultation at (352) 683-9100.