EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE


SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE


SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR IN UTAH

Defending Adults From Serious Child-Related Charges

The law recognizes that adults are supposed to be a good example for young children and makes it a criminal act to engage in conduct likely to induce a minor child to illegal activity. While the legal definition of contributing to the delinquency of a minor is very broad, the crime is a serious one and its defense deserves the attention of an experienced attorney. Our team at Intermountain Legal knows how prosecutors generally approach crimes involving children and can use that knowledge to negotiate and advocate more effectively on your behalf.

What Does Contributing to Delinquency Mean in Utah?

The Utah Criminal Code considers it a criminal act for someone to knowingly encourage a child to commit an act that would be a criminal offense for an adult under state or federal law or local ordinance. It is not necessary for the child to actually be found delinquent. Contributing to the delinquency of a minor in Utah is a Class B misdemeanor.

The statute’s broad definition creates the potential for adults to face criminal liability for a wide range of conduct. Some examples are purchasing alcohol for a minor child, encouraging a child to commit vandalism and encouraging a child to break a local curfew ordinance.

The conduct that the child commits need not be serious in and of itself. Even an infraction — a minor summary offense — is sufficient if the child was induced or encouraged to commit it. A conviction, even though it’s a misdemeanor offense, can carry a fine and even jail time under some circumstances. It can also affect your position in any custody or visitation disputes, and it remains on your criminal record. It deserves serious attention from serious — and experienced — Utah criminal defense attorneys.

Call The Firm For a Free Consultation About Contributing to Delinquency Charges

Any criminal charge is a serious matter. We at Intermountain Legal understand how stressful dealing with even misdemeanor criminal allegations can be. We understand how important your case is to you and strive to make it clear that it is just as important to us by keeping you informed and safeguarding your rights every step of the way. We know the law and we know the process. Call our office today at 801-970-2800 or contact us online to begin taking control of your legal troubles.

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Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.


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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Marks's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.