Youth Diversion Programs in Oklahoma
Facing charges as a young person can be one of the most difficult experiences of your life. Making mistakes is part of growing up. Unfortunately, some mistakes can have a significant impact now and lasting consequences into the future.
If you are a first-time offender facing charges, alternate diversion programs can help you avoid entering the juvenile justice system by making the same mistakes again.
What are Youth Diversion Programs?
Youth diversion programs provide training to first-time offenders and their parents or guardians to help them develop communication, anger management, decision-making, and problem solving skills. The classes emphasize developing personal values and understanding the consequences of their actions.
Who provides these services?
The Oklahoma Association of Youth Services provides youth diversion programs through 42 nonprofit Youth Services Agencies throughout the state. The programs focus on prevention rather than punishment.
Youth Services of Tulsa provides these programs to young people and their families in the Tulsa area.
Who is eligible to participate in these programs?
First-time offenders of misdemeanors or non-violent felonies between the ages of 13 to 18 are eligible for the program. There may be modifications for children under 13.
Fighting For Your Future
The attorneys at Edge Law Firm are familiar with these programs. If you are a first time offender in the state or if you are the parent of guardian of a first offender, we can explain the details of the programs to you and help you find the resources you need. Contact us to learn more about programs you may be eligible for.