Underage (<21) Tickets | Youth Diversion | Adult Diversion | Tamarack

Underage Tickets

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Youth Case Manager–Jessie Schmidt

Vermont’s Youth Substance Use Safety Program (YSASP) is designed to hold young people accountable for breaking the law against underage drinking and possession of marijuana (an ounce or less), to educate them about the consequences and risk of substances, and to identify youth with potential substance misuse issues so they might receive treatment.

All people caught breaking the law against underage drinking and possession of marijuana  are referred by law enforcement to YSASP, which is run by Court Diversion. Those who participate in YSASP and complete the program avoid a 30-90 day driver’s license suspension, paying a $300+ fine, and having a civil violation on their DMV record.

Participants in the Orange County YSASP meet with a case manager to talk about the role substance use plays in theirs lives.  At the meeting, participants will take an online substance use screening and develop a plan to complete the program which may include an assessment with a licensed substance abuse counselor, follow-up counseling or a second meeting with the case manager.

Participation is voluntary. If an individual chooses not to participate in the program or fails to complete the program, a ticket is issued and sent to the individual and the Vermont Judicial Bureau.

To learn more about the Orange County YSASP, contact Jessie Schmidt at 802-685-3172 or jessie@occdp.org. To learn more about YSASP,  visit the Vermont Association of Court Diversion Programs.

Youth Court Diversion

Court Diversion is a restorative alternative for youth (age 11-19) charged with a juvenile delinquency. After police issue a citation for violating the law, the state’s attorney decides whether to refer the youth out of the court system to the community-based Court Diversion program.

A youth referred to Diversion….

  • chooses whether to participate or not – participation is voluntary,
  • admits responsibility for their actions,
  • meets with a panel of community volunteers and creates a contract designed to repair the harm caused by their actions and address underlying factors in their life that contributed to the crime,
  • pays a $100 fee (fees can be reduced or waived if needed), and
  • avoids a delinquency record if they complete the program successfully.

Other key aspects of Diversion…

  • Victims’ views are heard and reflected in the contract developed by the Restorative Justice Panel and participant
  • Case managers support participants through the process to successful completion

If a youth does not complete the contract, the case is returned to the State’s Attorney for prosecution.

To learn more about the Court Diversion Process, watch this short video.  For detailed information, visit the Vermont Association of Court Diversion Programs.

Adult Court Diversion

Kym Anderson
Adult Case Manager–Kym Anderson

Court Diversion is a restorative alternative for individuals charged with a crime. After police issue a citation for violating the law, the State’s Attorney decides whether to refer the person out of the court system to the community-based Court Diversion program.

Note: Adults cited to court for driving with a suspended license work with our License Reinstatement case manager. Click the button to learn more.

A person referred to Diversion….

  • chooses whether to participate or not – participation is voluntary,
  • admits responsibility for their actions,
  • meets with a panel of community volunteers and creates a contract designed to repair the harm caused by their actions and address underlying factors in the their life that contributed to the crime,
  • pays a fee of $175 (misdemeanor) or $300 (felony), and
  • avoids a permanent criminal record if they complete the program.

Other key aspects of Diversion…

  • Victims’ views are heard and reflected in the contract developed by the Restorative Justice Panel and participant
  • Case managers support participants through the process to successful completion

If an individual does not complete the contract, the case is returned to the State’s Attorney for prosecution.

To learn more about the Court Diversion Process, watch this short video.  For detailed information, visit the Vermont Association of Court Diversion Programs.

The mission of the Vermont Association of Court Diversion and Pretrial Services is to engage community members in responding to the needs of crime victims, the community, and those who violated the law, holding the latter accountable in a manner that promotes responsible behavior.

Tamarack

The State’s Attorney may offer the Tamarack program to individuals with a criminal record who are identified as having and underlying substance use or mental health problem.  The Tamarack program operates like Court Diversion (see above), where individuals are asked to take responsibility for their offense and to work with their case manager to repair any harm they caused and address the underlying mental health or substance abuse issues.

First priority is given to helping individuals in the program access services and treatment for their mental health or substance use issue.

If the individual completes their program contract, the charges will be dismissed.  (Note: This program is only available to individuals charged with “unlisted crimes.”)