TITLE 7 of VERMONT STATUES ANNOTATED SECTION 656 and 18 VSA 4230B
The Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program quickly connects referred youth to evidence-based interventions matched to individual risk and needs to promote informed, healthy and safe choices about substance use.
In Vermont it is a civil violation for minors, aged 16 through 20, to consume, possess or attempt to obtain alcoholic beverages and/or to possess certain amounts of marijuana. (More than 1 ounce is a criminal charge.)
Minors found to be in violation by law enforcement will receive a Notice of Violation and are required to go through the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program and complete all requirements of the program in order to avoid fines and penalties.
The Notice of Violation informs you to contact the County Diversion Board where the violation occurred within 15 days. If you fail to do this or fail to complete all conditions that are assigned in your contract with the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program, the ticket for this violation will be issued to the Judicial Bureau and you will be facing penalties from the Judicial Bureau to include fines, suspension of your driver’s license, and other expenses.
NOTICE TO REPORT
Once the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program receives your ticket from the issuing law enforcement agency, they will send you a Notice to Report form and a Contract that explains your options and requirements of the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program. Program requirements include paying a $175.00 program fee, completing a substance abuse screening or assessment, following all recommendations of the screening or assessment, and completing a self-reflective and/or educational component.
If you complete the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program’s requirements, the ticket that the law enforcement officer has written will be voided, and no adjudication will be on your record, and you avoid any further action by the Judicial Bureau.
If you do not complete the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program’s requirements, you will be found in non-compliance and the ticket for this violation will be issued to the Judicial Bureau. At that time, you will have the opportunity to contest the violation. If the Judicial Bureau finds you in violation, you will have to pay a $300.00 fine and your driver’s license will be suspended for 90 days. Due to the license suspension, your automobile insurance rates may increase and you will need to pay a reinstatement fee to get your license back.
Due to the license suspension, your automobile insurance rates may increase and you will need to pay a reinstatement fee to get your license back.
Multiple violations will mean additional requirements imposed by the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program to meet the level of risk and needs.
If you have been non-complied from the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program two or more times, you can be issued a criminal citation by law enforcement to appear in court to answer to a criminal charge.
If you received a .02 Ticket in addition to your Notice of Violation you must enter a plea within 20 days of receiving your ticket. Instructions to enter a plea are found on the .02 Ticket and those requirements and penalties are separate from your participation in the Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program.