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A minor has committed a crime and placed on formal probation

Three Basic Levels of Crimes


  • The least serious offense, specific statute, rule or local ordinance and is generally punishable by a fine. Many motor vehicle violations are considered infractions.


  • A less serious offense, for which the offender may be sentenced to probation, county jail, juvenile detention facility, a fine, or some combination.


  • The most serious type of crime, for which an offender may be sentenced to state prison, Department of Juvenile Justice, county jail or juvenile detention facility.

A Minor is Contacted by Law Enforcement

  • A police officer issues the minor a citation and then releases the minor to their parent.
  • If released to parent, the Probation Department will review the case to determine the appropriate level of intervention.
  • The Probation Department will contact the minor and parent/guardian regarding the case.
  • A police officer arrests the minor and takes the minor to the Placer County Juvenile Detention Facility.
  • The probation officers will assess the minor at intake to determine if the minor can be released to his/her parent or remain detained.

Released to Parent with a Citation:

  • A crime is reported to law enforcement.
  • Law enforcement will conduct an investigation.
  • The minor is physically detained/searched.
  • Citation issued and minor released to parent with a possible Promise to Appear in court.
  • The law enforcement report is then forwarded to the Probation Department for review.

Probation Department Review Process

  • A Probation Officer will review the law enforcement report to determine seriousness of the case and the appropriate level of probation services.
  • The case can be referred to:
    • Law Enforcement Diversion Program
    • Alternative Intervention Program (AIP)
    • Citation Hearing
    • Traffic Hearing
    • District Attorney for prosecution ;

Mandatory Referral to the District Attorney

  • Serious violent crimes listed in 707(b) W&I offenses
  • 2nd felony referral; under 14 years of age
  • Felony; 14 years old (or older)
  • Sale/Possession for sale of controlled substance
  • 11350 or 11377 H&S: Drugs on School Grounds
  • 245.5 PC: Battery on school employee
  • 626.9 PC: Firearm on school grounds
  • 626.10 PC: Weapon on school grounds
  • 186.22 PC: Gang Activity
  • Previous 654 W&I: Informal Handling
  • Restitution Over $1,000
  • 487h PC: Grand Theft or 10851 VC: Vehicle Theft by 14 year old (or older)

Probation can make Referrals to the District

  • Attorney for these additional reasons:
  • Criminal sophistication
  • Probability of rehabilitation
  • Delinquency history
  • Prior rehabilitative attempts
  • Present offense- gravity/circumstances
  • Home/school/community problems
  • Chronic family problems
  • Denial/dispute of charges or conduct
  • Welfare of the minor- safety/protection of public
  • Referring party/agency recommendation