HB 2906 focuses on strengthening opportunities for the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders. The bill amends the Juvenile Justice Act of 1977 to expand the intent of the original legislation to include the rehabilitation and reintegration of juvenile offenders. The bill amends current law that indicates courts may continue the case for disposition for a period not to exceed one year from the date the juvenile is found guilty; revised language indicates the court shall continue the case for disposition for a period not to exceed one year from the date the juvenile is found guilty. It also removes language from current statute that the court shall consider whether the offender and community will benefit from a deferred disposition before deferring the disposition. The bill also amends current law regarding juveniles adjudicated in taking motorized vehicles; the proposed legislation would remove fines imposed on this individuals as well the possibility of being subject to electronic monitoring.
The bill would add language regarding prosecuting attorneys' action upon receipt of an offense report related to domestic violence. In their discretion, they may choose not to file the information as a domestic violence offense if the offense was committed against a sibling, parent, stepparent, or grandparent.
Current law states if a juvenile thirteen years of age or older is found by juvenile court to have committed an offense while armed the court shall notify the Department of Licensing within 24 hours of the judgement. The bill would alter this language by adding a clause that this shall happen unless the offense is the juvenile's first offense while armed with a firearm. The bill removes language that if the offense is the juvenile's first violation, the juvenile may not petition the court for reinstatement of the juvenile's privilege to drive until the juvenile turns 16 or ninety days after the judgement was entered, whichever is later. Finally the bill removes language from current law that if a juvenile enters into a diversion agreement with diversion unit concerning an offense that is a violation of chapter 66.44, 69.41, 69.50, or 69.52 RCW, the diversion unit shall notify the department of licensing within twenty-four hours after the diversion agreement is signed.
As amended by the Senate Human Services, Mental Health, and Housing Committee: Removes language allowing a judge to impose optional special fines ranging from $150-$400 on a juvenile adjudicated for an offense involving a motor vehicle. Removes language limiting the prosecutor's discretion to choose not to file information as a domestic violence offense if the offense was committed against a sibling, parent, stepparent, or grandparent to situations where the offense was committed by a juvenile. Removes language allowing the prosecutor to consider whether the victim requests that the information not be filed as a domestic violence offense or whether the victim does not object to the same.