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Change in Law Allows Diversion for Juveniles in Class C Misdemeanor Cases

In Texas, juveniles who find themselves facing Class C misdemeanor charges now have the opportunity to participate in diversion programs as an alternative to traditional court proceedings. Diversion programs offer juveniles a chance to address their behavior, make amends for their actions and avoid the long-term consequences of a criminal conviction. Youths who receive diversion following a charge of criminal misconduct often benefit from one or more of the punishment alternatives that focus on helping them find a better path. 

Class C misdemeanors are considered the least serious category of criminal offenses in Texas. They can result in a fine of up to $500 and include offenses such as minor in possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct and traffic violations. Someone convicted of one of these offenses will have a criminal record and diversion is seen as a way to hold juvenile offenders accountable while giving them a chance to enter into adulthood without being followed by a past mistake.  

Diversion programs offer an alternative to traditional court proceedings for juveniles accused of Class C misdemeanors. They provide support, intervention and rehabilitation for young offenders in a flexible system that can be tailored to the youth’s situation and needs. Frequently, elements of a diversion program will include counseling, community service, restitution and educational interventions.

Rather than a traditional detention-based juvenile justice model, diversion allows young people to remain in their home and neighborhood. By participating in community service and restitution activities, juveniles have the opportunity to give back to their communities and repair the harm caused by their actions, fostering a sense of accountability and responsibility. Research has shown that diversion programs can be effective in reducing recidivism rates among juvenile offenders, helping them avoid future involvement in the criminal justice system.

Juveniles and their families navigating the diversion process should understand the requirements and expectations of the program. Working closely with an experienced attorney who is well versed in the goals and procedures associated with the juvenile justice system gives youths the best chance to obtain a positive result. 

Kevin L. Collins is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in juvenile law. If your child has been accused of a Class C misdemeanor or some other form of criminal misconduct, Kevin L. Collins, P.C. in San Antonio can protect their rights and advocate for an appropriate resolution. To make an appointment, please call 210-598-8629 or contact us online

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