Johnson County Kansas Court Services
Juvenile Diversion FAQs

  1. Why has a charge been filed against my child?
  2. What if my child is not guilty?
  3. Does my child need a lawyer?
  4. Can I see a copy of the police report?
  5. Will my child be required to go to court?
  6. What is diversion?
  7. What must we do to apply for diversion?
  8. What is the cost of diversion?
  9. What is the difference between diversion and probation?
  10. What are the conditions that my child must complete?
  11. How will I know if my child has been accepted for diversion?
  12. What if the information such as name, address and date of birth on the complaint are not correct?
  13. What if my child no longer lives in this area?
  14. What if my child has caused damage or injury to the victim?

If you have any further questions, please call (913) 715-7400.

Why has a charge been filed against my child?
Police reports involving juveniles are sent to the District Attorney's Office. After reviewing the police report, the District Attorney's Office decides if charges should be filed. The charge is based on the police report and information received by the District Attorney's Office.

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What if my child is not guilty?
Juveniles must be willing to accept responsibility for the act(s) charged in order to be accepted into the diversion program. If a child believes he/she is not guilty, then the attorney or Court Services should be contacted to have the case set for a court hearing.

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Does my child need a lawyer?
The answer to this question depends on whether a court hearing will be held. Kansas law requires an attorney to represent a juvenile only at court hearings.

  • Informal Cases. Some cases will have the opportunity for "informal" diversion. This means that the application and contract can be mailed to the juvenile and a court hearing is not necessary. An attorney is not required during this process. But it is important to note that if a parent or child has any significant questions or concerns about this process, then the advice of counsel should be sought immediately.
  • Formal Cases. If a court hearing is scheduled, then diversion is still a possibility. Kansas law requires that an attorney represents the child in court. The court will immediately appoint an attorney. If an attorney is appointed by the court, they will be awarded fees by the court for any time spent on the case.  Attorney fees are usually awarded at the rate of $65 per hour, and the court usually assesses those fees to the parents/guardians at the conclusion of the case.  If a family chooses to hire a private attorney, then the family is directly responsible to that attorney for any fee incurred during the representation of the child.

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Can I see a copy of the police report?
In order to obtain information regarding the police report, you will need to contact your child’s attorney and have them contact the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division.  If the juvenile is not represented, then the District Attorney's Office will allow a parent or guardian to come to their office to review the report.

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Will my child be required to go to court?
If your child is accepted for informal diversion a court hearing will not be necessary. If you and your child choose not to accept diversion or if your child does not meet the guidelines for informal diversion, a court hearing will be scheduled.

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What is Diversion?
Basically, it is a "second chance."  Juveniles who are accepted and successfully complete the program will have their charges dismissed.

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What must we do to apply for diversion?

  • First, application must be filled out completely and returned to Court Services.
  • In some cases a drug/alcohol evaluation must be obtained as part of the application process. This must be completed at a court approved adolescent agency. If requested, the evaluation must be completed within two (2) weeks. It is necessary for at least one parent to accompany the child to the evaluation. The facility will then be responsible for forwarding the completed application and evaluation to Court Services.
  • If the case has been scheduled for court, then a drug screen must be submitted as part of the application. The results of this screen will be considered in determining whether to approve the application, or in deciding which conditions to include in the contract. Court Services will provide additional information at the court hearing.

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What is the cost of diversion?
The fees for the program range from $195 to $345 depending on the level of contract which includes the court filing fee.  This fee must be paid at the beginning of the program.

In most cases, there will be additional costs associated with education and/or treatment requirements. The respondent and/or family are responsible for working out payment arrangements with all private providers.

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What is the difference between diversion and probation?
If all conditions of diversion are completed, your child will not have a formal juvenile record.  If probation is ordered, it is a formal finding by the judge.  Therefore your child would have a formal juvenile record.

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What are the conditions that my child must complete?
The focus of the diversion program is education and/or treatment.  The following are conditions that will be included in all contracts:

  • Obey the laws and parents
  • Attendance at school or participation in a G.E.D. program
  • Participation in an education group
  • Victim restoration (if applicable)
  • Community service for non-profit organization
  • No association with co-respondent or anyone currently on diversion or probation

Among other conditions that may be included are:

  • Drug and alcohol counseling and drug screens
  • Curfews
  • Mental health treatment

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How will I know if my child has been accepted for diversion?
If your child is accepted for diversion, the assigned Court Services Officer will contact you by mail. At your first scheduled meeting, your child’s officer will provide you with all of the information that is necessary to complete the diversion requirements.

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What if the information such as name, address and date of birth on the complaint are not correct?
Please note the corrections on a separate sheet of paper and return with the diversion application or contract.

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What if my child no longer lives in this area?
Those juveniles who are either eligible for or on level I or II contracts will be allowed to complete their contract outside the area.  However, those juveniles who are either eligible for or on level III or IV, or other specialized contracts must contact their Court Services Officer immediately.

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What if my child has caused damage or injury to the victim?
Your child would be required to show written proof or verification that he or she has repaid any monetary loss to the victim as a result of the incident. This is called restitution.

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Fax: (913) 715-7420
Johnson County Court Services
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Olathe, Kansas  66061
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