Any person under the age of sixteen who is accused of committing a crime, may be issued a Juvenile Delinquent Appearance Ticket by the arresting law enforcement agency. The Madison County Probation Department is responsible for the intake process for all Juvenile Delinquent Appearance Tickets issued in the county. Any youth receiving such a ticket will meet with a probation officer in the company of their parent / guardian. At that point, the matter will be considered for diversion services or will be referred to the Madison County Attorney's office for court action. Diversion is an attempt to adjust the presented matter without the direct involvement of the Madison County Family Court.