The Dakota County Attorney’s Youth Accountability Program is designed to appropriately deal with violations by juveniles of first-time misdemeanor property offenses by providing an alternative to court proceedings as an incentive to change behavior and reduce repeat offenses.
The program is available for juveniles who reside in Dakota County who have committed misdemeanor property-related offenses including shoplifting, theft, criminal damage to property, trespassing and motor vehicle tampering.
Juveniles 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.
Completion of the program
After completing the program, the juvenile’s citation will be dismissed. There will be no court record of the offense.
For more information, see the Dakota County Attorney’s Misdemeanor Property Youth Accountability Program brochure.