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CUSTODIAL INTERFERENCE IN UTAH

Fighting for Parents Involved in Bitter Custody Disputes

In most states, court-ordered visitation and custody plans are enforced through the civil process and contempt of court proceedings. Utah, however, has taken a different approach by making it a criminal offense to intentionally violate a custody or visitation order. Parents and other caretakers involved in bitter custody disputes should be especially concerned with these charges. If accused, they should contact an experienced Utah custodial interference lawyer immediately. Intermountain Legal has defended numerous parents and guardians who have faced such charges in the midst of bitter custody disputes. We are aware of the sensitive nature of these disputes and make our clients’ concerns a priority. But we are also prepared to defend them to the fullest extent of the law.

Utah Custodial Interference Law

In Utah, it is a crime for a custodial or noncustodial parent or guardian to intentionally violate a custody or visitation order by denying access to any person entitled to visitation or custody during arranged visiting times. Under normal circumstances, doing so is a Class B misdemeanor. For repeat offenders, however, it may be a Class A misdemeanor. And if the offender removes the child from the state while committing custodial interference, it becomes a third-degree felony. These are serious charges that can bring about fines, imprisonment and a criminal record and should be addressed by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

There are many methods Utah custodial interference lawyers can use in defending clients against these serious charges. Because intent is a factor, the surrounding circumstances are very important. If a defendant was unable to produce a child for scheduled custody or visitation due to circumstances beyond his or her control or with the consent of the person whose custody or visitation was interfered with, an acquittal or dismissal may be possible. In addition, a person is not criminally liable if he or she acted under the reasonable belief it was necessary to protect the child from abuse and reported that belief to the Division of Child and Family Services or law enforcement.

Call the Firm for a Free Consultation About Your Custodial Interference Charge

At Intermountain Legal, we understand the delicate nature of custody disputes and how custodial interference charges can affect them. We make it a priority to provide a high-quality legal defense in a manner that is sensitive to our clients’ concerns. 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.

ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly'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 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.

 
ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.