Underage Drinking Diversion
"Striving to set the standard all others will choose to follow."
11445 Johns Creek Pky, Johns Creek, GA 30097
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The JCPD's Underage Drinking Diversion program enables young offenders (ages 17-20) who have been found in possession of alcohol, or who have consumed any amount of alcohol, the opportunity to avoid criminal charges and a criminal record.
For first time offenders only, the diversion program – the only one of its kind in Georgia – is designed to educate participants about the negative effects of alcohol, and provide life skills that reduce the likelihood of further legal involvement.
The program's educational focus aims at preventing future offenses by the offender, and enables parents and police to work together on the common goal of reducing underage drinking in the city.
Medical personnel, military and college recruiters, and business persons from the community contribute their expertise to the program, which includes:
- Mandatory participation by the offender in four, one-hour class sessions.
- Mandatory parental participation with their child in the four, one-hour class sessions.
- Mandatory written essay by the offender, following completion of the last class.
Participation is not guaranteed and is at the sole discretion of the police officer reporting the incident. Officers are not required to use the program if they deem that the proper course of action is to charge the individual and have the disposition determined in court.
Driving under the influence (DUI) offenders are not eligible for the program.
Questions about the JCPD's Underage Drinking Diversion Program should be directed to Lt. Chris Byers at 678-474-1569 or .