Truancy is a subject that receives special attention in the District Attorney’s Office.

It is a crime to fail to compel a child to attend school, and our Misdemeanor and Juvenile units work together to identify and prosecute parents who permit their children to neglect their education.

Research has shown that truancy is directly connected to daytime crimes, especially residential burglary. Juveniles who are not in school, at best, do not prepare for productive careers. At worst, they become involved in crime, drug addiction, teen pregnancy, and other problems which can cause life-long difficulties.

Including parents in this effort helps ensure that students are receiving the needed support and guidance at home.

Truancy carries a fine of up to $25 per day and can be $50 per day for repeat offenders. Each unexcused absence is a new offense. Court costs are about $125 per count.

The Office of the District Attorney focuses on education and prevention in its handling of Truancy prosecutions. Ordinarily, cases are dismissed upon payment of court costs once the parent and student complete programs designed to educate and encourage school attendance, and demonstrate perfect attendance during the interim period.

Parents who repeat or fail to comply have been convicted and fined as much as $600 each or more.

Parents who repeat or fail to comply have been convicted and fined as much as $600 each or more.