The Dakota County Attorney’s Youth Accountability Program is designed to deal with violations by juveniles of first-time gross misdemeanor and low-level felony property offenses. It provides an alternative to court proceedings as an incentive to change behavior and reduce repeat offenses.
The program is for juveniles who reside in Dakota County who have committed first-time gross misdemeanor and low-level felony property offenses. The value of the property stolen or damaged is $2,500 or less.
The juvenile must attend an educational class with at least one parent. The class focuses on restoration of community values and morals and respect for others, including their property.
Juveniles pay a class fee and pays any restitution to the victim for the loss or damage of property as determined by the Dakota County Attorney. The juvenile must also perform community work service.
Completion of the program
After completing the program, the Attorney’s Office will not file a petition against the offender charging them with the offense. The offender will not have a court record.