The Dakota County Attorney’s Youth Accountability Program is designed to appropriately deal with violations by juveniles of first -time gross misdemeanor and low-level felony property offenses by providing an alternative to court proceedings as an incentive to change behavior and reduce repeat offenses.
The program is available to juveniles who reside in Dakota County who have committed first-time gross misdemeanor and low-level felony property offenses where 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 must pay a class fee as well as pay 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 him/her with the offense, so the offender will not have a court record.
For more information, see the Dakota County Attorney’s Gross Misdemeanor and Felony PropertyYouth Accountability Program brochure.