Juvenile Diversion

Effective July 1, 2020, Intermediate Intervention Programs (Diversion) came under the administration of the District Attorney’s Office.  The District Attorney’s Office decides which juveniles are accepted into the program and monitors compliance with the contracts.  

The Diversion program is for juveniles who commit misdemeanor and less serious felony offenses and therefore are given a “second chance”.  The statute authorizing diversion for juvenile offenders is located at K.S.A. 38-2346.  Most diversion contracts last from 4 to 8 months.  More serious charges may require a contract lasting 12 months or longer.

Most diversion contracts contain approximately 10 conditions.  Among other conditions, all contracts require the juvenile not violate the law, obey parents, attend school, comply with non-association clause, and complete community service.  Depending on the charge and the juvenile’s social needs, other conditions such as substance abuse treatment, making amends to the victim, attendance in an education group or mental health treatment may be required.  

The Johnson County District Attorney’s Office Juvenile Diversion Policy can be found here

The cost for diversion is $50 for misdemeanor or $100 for felony cases plus filing fee if that applies.  Fees must be paid prior to a diversion contract being issued.  Fees may be paid by money order or cashier’s check made out to DA Trust Account.

If you have further questions about the diversion program, you may contact our office at (913) 715-7476.