South Jordan Juvenile Attorney
Everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance. Not everyone charged with a crime is actually guilty. Those two statements are true among adults in the criminal courts, and they are certainly true for our youth when they face conflict with the law. When minors—people under the age of 18—face charges, they go into Juvenile Court, and that process is often very different than a standard criminal court.
We give all our clients personalized attention and understand that every family faces its own unique set of legal concerns. Our South Jordan juvenile lawyer has been practicing family law for over 13 years. Call us today at (801) 396-9656 or reach out here online to set up a free consultation. RCG Law Group also serves clients throughout West Jordan, Draper, Sandy, and surrounding areas.
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How Juvenile Court Works in Utah
In 1996, the state legislature in Utah passed The Juvenile Court Act. Signed into law by then-governor Mike Leavitt, the Act established what is now a 28-judge system that has primary jurisdiction over virtually issues involving anyone under the age of 18. While it’s possible, in the case of serious crimes, for a minor to be tried in the criminal courts, the process still begins in Juvenile Court.
The entire process of Juvenile Court is often very different from what takes place with adults, and that’s where the value of having a South Jordan juvenile attorney familiar with these unique issues can be particularly valuable. For example, even though the acts that may have brought a minor to court might be criminal nature, the Juvenile Court system is still considered a civil court. The goal is rehabilitation, rather than punishment.
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It’s not common for minors to be tried as adults in the criminal system, but it does happen. Utah law outlines specific cases that must be transferred to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution. Murder charges are certainly among them, as is attempted murder.
A youth that shoots a gun out of a moving vehicle is going to be tried as an adult. In fact, any felony that involves the use of a firearm means charges in standard criminal court. It is also important to note that if Juvenile Court commits a minor to a secure facility for rehab, and the minor then commits a felony, they will be treated as an adult by the justice system.
The Help You Need From a South Jordan Juvenile Attorney You Can Trust
At RCG Law Group, we understand that how a minor’s legal challenges are handled now, may be decisive in shaping their future. We take that responsibility seriously, and we know how concerned that parents and kids are in these situations. Attorney Ryan Gregerson provides real legal leadership, helping all involved understand what’s taking place, why, and how it can be properly dealt with.
Call our office today at (801) 396-9656 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.
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