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PC 270.1 Parents or Guardians of Elementary School Pupils who are chronic truants; failure to encourage child attendance; Misdemeanor: Deferred Entry of Judgment Program.

PC 270.1(a) A parent or guardian of a pupil six years of age or more who is in kindergarten or any grades 1 through 8, inclusive, and who is subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education, whose child is a chronic truant as defined in Section 48263.6 of the Education Code, who has failed to reasonably supervise and encourage the pupil's school attendance, and who has been offered language accessible support services to address the pupil's truancy, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), or by imprisonment in a county jai not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.  A parent or guardian guilty of a misdemeanor under this subdivision may participate in the Deferred entry of judgment program defined in subdivision (b).

PC 270.1(b) A superior court may establish a deferred entry of judgment program that includes the components listed in paragraphs (1) to (7), inclusive, to adjudication cases involving parents or guardians of elementary school pupils who are chronic truants as defined in Section 48263.6 of the Education Code:

(1) A dedicated court calendar.

(2) Leadership by a judge of the superior court in that county.

(3) Meetings, scheduled and held periodically, with school district representative designated by the chronic truant's school district of enrollment.  Those representatives may include school psychologists, school counselors, teachers, school administrators, or other educational service providers deemed appropriate by the school district.

(4) Service referrals for parents of guardians, as appropriate to each case that may include, but are not limited to, all of the following:

(A) Case management

(B) Mental and physical health services.

(C) Parenting classes and support.

(D) Substance abuse treatment.

(E) Child care and housing.

(5) A clear statement that, in lieu of the trial, the court may grant deferred entry of judgment with respect to the current crime or crimes charged if the defendant pleads guilty to each charge and waives time for the pronouncement of judgment and that, upon the defendant's compliance with the terms and conditions set forth by the court and agreed to by the defendant upon the entry of his or her plea, and upon the motion of the prosecuting attorney, the court will dismiss the charge and charges against the defendant and the same procedures specified for successful completion of a drug diversion program or a deferred entry of judgment program pursuant to Section 851.90 and the provisions of Section 1203.4 shall apply.

(6) A clear statement that failure to comply with any condition under he program may result in the prosecuting attorney of the court making a motion for entry of judgment, whereupon the court will render a finding of guilty to the charge or charges plead, enter judgment, and schedule a sentencing hearing as otherwise provided in this code.

(7) An explanation of criminal record record retention and disposition resulting from participation in the deferred entry of judgment program and the defendant's rights relative to answering questions about his or her arrest and deferred entry of judgment following successful completion of the program.

(c) Funding for the deferred entry of judgment program pursuant to this section shall be derived solely from non state sources.

(d) A parents or guardian of an elementary school pupil who is a chronic truant, as defined in Section 48263.6 of the Education Code, may not be punished for a violation of both this section the the provisions of PC 272 that involve criminal liability for parents and guardians of truant children.

(e) If any district attorney chooses to charge a defendant with a violation of subdivision (a) and the defendant is found by the prosecuting attorney to be eligible or ineligible for deferred entry of judgment (DEJ), the prosecuting attorney shall file with the court a declaration in writing, or state for the record, the grounds upon which that determination is based.

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