Eligible YAP Offenses

The following offenses are eligible for participation in a Youth Aid Panel:

Any Summary Offense, including local ordinance

Misdemeanor Offenses that include:

  • Simple Assault, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §2701 (only graded as an M3)
  • Cyber Harassment of a Child, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §2709(a.1)
  • Criminal Mischief, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3304
  • Injuring or Tampering with Fire Apparatus, Hydrants, Etc., 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3305 (only if there was no fire)
  • Institutional Vandalism, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3307
  • Agricultural Vandalism, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3309
  • Defiant Trespass, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3503(b)
  • Agricultural Trespass, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3503(b.2)
  • Theft of Property Lost, Mislaid or Delivered by Mistake, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3924
  • Retail Theft, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3929
  • Theft from Motor Vehicle, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §3934
  • Failure of Disorderly Persons to Disperse Upon Official Order, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §5502
  • Disorderly Conduct, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §5503
  • False Reports to Law Enforcement Authorities, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §4906 (unless another individual is arrested based on the report)
  • False ID to Law Enforcement Authorities, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §4914
  • Small Amount of Marijuana, 35 P.S. §780-113(a)(31)
  • Drug Paraphernalia, 35 P.S. §780-113(a)(32) (for marijuana only)
  • Accidents Involving Damage to Unattended Vehicle or Property, 75 Pa. C.S.A. §3743
  • Conspiracy to any eligible offense

Certain offenses require YAP pre-approval, including:

  • Any felony offense
  • Any offense where restitution is greater than $500
  • False Alarms to Agencies of Public Safety, 18 Pa. C.S.A. §4905
  • Hazing (graded as a misdemeanor), 18 Pa. C.S.A. §2802
  • Any case where a victim is not in agreement with Youth Aid Panel disposition

In addition to having a qualifying offense(s), the juvenile should meet the following criteria:

  • Admit to the offense
  • Have no prior involvement with District Court or Juvenile Court
  • Have no significant school disciplinary issues
  • Have not previously participated in a Youth Aid Panel
  • Regardless of eligibility, no youth shall be referred to the Youth Aid Panel without the agreement of the arresting police department