654 WIC: This is a diversion program where the Probation Officer has determined that the juvenile may benefit from the services. This is a voluntary contract between the probation officer, the juvenile and the parents/guardians only. The juvenile may be placed on informal probation for up to six months. If the juvenile successfully terminates this program, the case is then closed. If the juvenile unsuccessfully terminates this program, the Probation Department then makes a referral to the District Attorney’s office for a formal petition to the Juvenile Court.
654.2 WIC: This is a Court ordered diversion program. This means that the District Attorney’s Office has filed a formal petition with the Juvenile Court. However, the Court has decided that instead of sentencing the juvenile, the case is placed on hold to allow the juvenile to participate in a six month diversion program with the Probation Department. If the juvenile successfully completes the program, the Court dismisses the alleged charges and the case is closed. If the juvenile fails to successfully complete the program, then the Court finds the juvenile did violate the law and gives the juvenile a sentence.