CA Welf & Inst Code Section 729.10


Whenever, in any county specified in subdivision (b), a judge of a juvenile court or referee of a juvenile court finds a minor to be a person described in Section 602 by reason of the commission of an offense involving the unlawful possession, use, sale, or other furnishing of a controlled substance, as defined in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, or for violating subdivision (f) of Section 647 of the Penal Code, or Section 25662 of the Business and Professions Code, the minor shall be required to participate in, and successfully complete, an alcohol or drug education program, or both of those programs, as designated by the court. The expense of the person’s attendance in the program shall be paid by the person’s parents or guardian so long as the person is under the age of 18 years, and shall be paid by the person thereafter. The court shall consider the financial capacity of the person, or the person’s parents or guardian, to pay the expense of the person’s attendance in the program, and is authorized to waive all or part of the payment of the fee upon a finding of insufficient financial capacity to incur the cost of the fee. However, in approving the program, each county shall require the program to provide for the payment of the fee for the program in installments by any person who cannot afford to pay the full fee at the commencement of the program because of the person’s income, earning capacity, or financial resources, and shall require the program to provide for the waiver of the fee for any person who is indigent, as determined by criteria for indigency established by the board of supervisors. Whenever it can be done without substantial additional cost, each county shall require that the program be provided for juveniles at a separate location from, or at a different time of day than, alcohol and drug education programs for adults.


This section applies only in those counties that have one or more alcohol or drug education programs certified by the county alcohol program administrator and approved by the board of supervisors.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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