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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE


SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

UTAH JUVENILE COURT SYSTEM

Protecting Your Children During Juvenile Proceedings

Juveniles are subject to the same laws as everyone else. But when they break those laws, the court system they face differs drastically from that faced by similarly situated adults. The Utah juvenile court system promotes rehabilitation over punishment and, as a result, can be substantially more complicated than the regular court system. And criminal defense attorneys without specific experience with juvenile cases may quickly find themselves overwhelmed. Our attorneys at Intermountain Legal have handled numerous juvenile cases of all types. We understand the system and have practical experience dealing with the complex issues that children face during the process.

About The Juvenile Court System

Utah’s Juvenile Court is composed of 28 full-time judges statewide. Its jurisdiction extends to numerous matters involving minor children:

  • Criminal offenses by children
  • Abused, neglected and dependent children
  • Custody and visitation in some cases
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Juvenile probation
  • Foster care and special treatment placement

While the juvenile court has broad jurisdiction, our practice at Intermountain Legal focuses on defending children against charges of delinquency and defending parents when the Division of Child and Family Services attempts to remove their children. Most violations of state or federal law as well as local ordinance are delinquency cases. While the juvenile process is very different, some essential elements — such as many of the defendant’s rights to a defense — are the same. Because the juvenile system is remedial in nature, the penalties imposed are usually much more flexible, giving an experienced juvenile defense attorney many opportunities to work with the state’s attorney and the court to reach a more favorable result.

For parents facing allegations of child abuse, the prospect of having your children removed is very real and should be handled accordingly. Resisting these allegations requires a thorough understanding of the applicable law as well as the individual circumstances of each client. At Intermountain Legal, we appreciate the complexity of these cases and take the time with our clients to fully understand what they are going through. We fight hard to defend their parental rights and to favorably resolve child abuse allegations so they can get on with their lives.

Call The Firm For a Free Consultation About Your Child’s Delinquency Charges

When a child is facing delinquency charges in Utah, it is a stressful and uncertain situation for everyone involved. At Intermountain Legal, we pride ourselves on our sensitivity in dealing with these difficult legal issues. We listen to our clients and work with the court to arrive at beneficial solutions for the children we represent. 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.

Our Other Services

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.