ISTOCK IMAGE ID 919578Most young non-violent drug crime offenders can benefit from rehabilitation and education than imprisonment and a criminal record which has the potential to follow them for the rest of their lives.
Proposition 21, also known as the “Gang Violence and Juvenile Crime Prevention Act of 1998”, created harsher penalties for juveniles who committed violent crimes. It also must be met to qualify for DEJ.

The minor must not have previously been declared to be a ward of the court for the commission of a felony offense.

  • The offense charged is not listed in section 707 (b)
  • The minor has not previously been committed to California’s Department of Corrections and
  • Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Facilities
  • The minor is at least 14 years of age
  • The minor is deemed eligible by Section 1203.06 of the Penal Code
  • The minor did not get charged with a violent crime

How to Start the Process

After you determine that your minor is eligible for DEJ, then you and your minor will need to attend a suitability hearing. At the hearing, the minor must admit to all charges and both must sign and agree to the terms of probation.  Once that preliminary hearing is completed, then the minor begins the program. During the program the minor will have to undergo progress report hearings. According to the JV-751 form, probation programs can last between one and three years.

DEJ Rules for Minors

According to the Deferred Entry of Judgment Parent Guide from Orange County, these are the standard rules minors must follow to stay out of trouble and pass the program:

  • Listen to the Probation Officer and obey their rules
  • Show up to school and attend classes
  • Complete community service
  • Pay Restitution
  • Submit to search and seizure with or without a warrant
  • Follow the curfew that is set for you
  • Lastly, do not commit any more crimes

Why Minors Should Enroll in DEJ

There are multiple benefits to the Deferred Entry of Judgment program. The number one benefit for minors is regaining a clean slate after successful completion of their probation program.  Another benefit is that the minor can instantly begin “repaying his debt” as opposed to the informal supervision that was in place before. Haught also said that there is a greater likelihood to success due to greater commitment from probation officers, family, and juvenile justice participants.

Everyone deserves a second chance. Enroll in DEJ, stay out of trouble, and move on to bigger and better things. Call the Law Office of Peter Blair to get started on the right path today.


JV-751 Form:
DEJ Parent Brochure:
USF Law Review:
Welfare and Institutions Code: