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601 Status Offenders

An offense that a youth could not get in trouble for if committed as an adult.

601 Truancy and Status Offender Youth:


  • Services provided to youth who have truancy issues and are beyond parental control
  • A referral is made by a school official or a law enforcement officer through a citation to the appropriate agency

School Attendance Review Board (SARB):

  • SARB is for youth attending elementary or middle school and have habitual truancy issues
  • SARB is made up of community and school representatives who will determine if services can help the youth and his/her family resolve the truancy issues, or if the situation requires a juvenile court petition
  • A parent could be required to take the youth to school every day, pay fines, attend parenting classes, or a criminal complaint could be filed

School Attendance Mediation (SAM):

  • Youth attends high school, has received three truancy letters and has failed to show any improvements in attendance during the school year
  • The youth and family may sign a contract that is valid for an entire calendar year at a SAM hearing to focus on improving attendance
  • If the student violates the contract, the case is referred to a Truancy Officer who then proceeds to file a 601 (b) W&I Truancy Petition with the Juvenile Court

601 Truancy Court:

  • The Truancy Officer communicates to the Judge regarding how the youth is doing in school, and reports monthly or bi-monthly depending on the severity of the case. If there is no improvement a trial date is set
  • The youth can then be declared a habitual truant by the Judge and can be placed on 601(b) W&I probation for six months
  • Terms could include community service, curfew, and delay or suspension of a driver’s license

If a Youth is contacted by Law Enforcement:

  • A police officer issues the youth a citation and then releases the youth to his/her 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 youth and parent/guardian regarding the case
    • A police officer arrests the youth and takes the youth to the Placer County Juvenile Detention Facility
      • The probation officers will assess the youth at intake to determine if the youth 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 youth is physically detained and searched
    • Citation issued and youth 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