Notice of Changes to Certain Juvenile Fees and Charges – Implementation of Senate Bill 190 Effective January 1, 2018

(En Español)

 

On January 1, 2018, local agencies are not allowed to charge certain fees to a youth and their parents or guardians for a youth’s involvement in the juvenile delinquency system on or after that date.  Under this new California law, Senate Bill (SB) 190, you will not be charged the following fees beginning on January 1, 2018:

  • Detention Fees;
  • Court-appointed lawyer fees;
  • Electronic supervision and monitoring fees. (However, you may still be liable for costs to replace a discarded or damaged device as ordered by the court); and
  • Probation and home supervision fees.

SB 190 allows the County of San Diego to collect fees assessed on or before December 31, 2017. Also, youth and their families may still be charged for restitution (which are payments to crime victims) and restitution fines (which are fixed amounts paid to a state restitution fund).

If you have additional questions about SB 190, please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” information below.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Why has the County stopped assessing these fees as of January 1, 2018?

Which fees is the County no longer assessing as of January 1, 2018?

If I received a bill for one of the listed fees for charges assessed to me BEFORE January 1, 2018, do I still owe these charges?

If I have questions about my bill, who can I talk to?

Does SB 190 apply to youth in the juvenile delinquency system for all California counties?  

 

Why has the County stopped assessing these fees as of January 1, 2018?

Senate Bill 190, effective January 1, 2018, limits the authority of local agencies to assess and collect certain fees for youth, and their parents and guardians, involved in the juvenile delinquency system.

 

Which fees is the County no longer assessing as of January 1, 2018?

Starting January 1, 2018, San Diego County will no longer assess the fees and charges listed below:

  • Juvenile Hall or any other youth detention facility costs;
  • Court-appointed legal representation costs for youth in the juvenile delinquency system;
  • Electronic monitoring costs for youth in a home supervision or work furlough program;

And, the County of San Diego will no longer assess fees for electronic monitoring of 18-21 year olds under the jurisdiction of the criminal court

 

If I received a bill for one of the listed fees for charges assessed to me before January 1, 2018, do I still owe these charges?

Yes. Senate Bill 190 applies to certain costs and fees incurred on January 1, 2018, and after. Fees incurred prior to that date are still due and payable to the County.

 

If I have questions about my bill or a letter I have received, who can I talk to?

If you have questions about a bill or letter you have received from the County about your child and the juvenile delinquency system, please contact your child’s attorney or the County department that sent the bill or letter. Department contact numbers are available here:

  • Public Defender’s Office: For questions about court-appointed lawyer fees, please call 858-574-5757.
  • Probation Department: For questions regarding juvenile detention, electronic monitoring, or probation and home supervision fees, please call Probation’s Court Unit at 858-694-4673.
  • Office of Revenue and Recovery: For questions related to a bill you received from the Office of Revenue and Recovery, please call Juvenile Services at 619-515-6200, option 4. Please have your account number ready.

 

Does SB 190 apply to youth in the juvenile delinquency system for all California counties?

Yes. Senate Bill 190 applies to all counties within the state of California.