If your child has been charged with a crime, you no doubt are anxious and worried about the outcome of his or her case. Sometimes kids run astray of the law, usually due to the influence of others in their circle or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Other times they make foolhardy decisions without thinking about the outcome. The juvenile courts in Utah handle all criminal matters related to persons age 18 and under, typically with an eye toward rehabilitating your child and discouraging future delinquent behavior. If you child has been charged with a crime, contact Jardine Law Offices and our Layton juvenile delinquency attorney right away to discuss your child’s particular situation with our compassionate and understanding legal team.
There are three types of criminal offenses that juveniles commit. These include status offenses, property crimes, and violent crimes.
Status Offenses are behaviors that are only considered legal violations due to the juvenile’s age. Status offenses are acts that are legal for adults but not for underage persons. Some violations include truancy, running away, and underage drinking.
Property Crimes are criminal offenses such as burglary, theft, larceny, and arson
Violent Crimes are serious offenses including murder, forcible rape, aggravated assault, and robbery.
Possible penalties imposed by the Juvenile Court in Utah include:
Although it is a scary time for your family right now, you are not alone. Jardine Law Offices and our compassionate and experienced juvenile delinquency attorney are ready to help you navigate the complexities of juvenile court so that your child can put this unfortunate part of their life behind them. Your child’s future may very well depend on the effectiveness of his or her defense right now, so it is a smart move to go with an attorney with a proven track record of advocating for youth offenders. No matter the offense, from simple juvenile delinquency and truancy to theft, underage drinking and assault, schedule your no-cost, no-obligation case consultation now to find out what legal options are available to your child.