In certain cases, the juvenile may be eligible for a Diversion Program, which is operated through Lincoln/Lancaster County Human Services. Most misdemeanors and certain non-violent felony offenses are eligible for that program. In most cases, if a juvenile is eligible for Diversion, he/she will receive a letter requesting him/her to contact Lincoln/Lancaster County Human Services to set up an interview.
Juveniles do not have to hire an attorney to participate in the program. Through this Diversion Program, typical requirements of the juvenile include: perform community service work, participate in education classes, write apology letters, pay restitution, etc. Requirements depend on many different factors. The benefit to successfully completing the program is that you will not have to go through the court system for the incident. Find more information on the Juvenile Diversion page.