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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE


SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

JUVENILE FELONY CHARGES

Intermountain Legal handles juvenile criminal matters on behalf of parents and children in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah, including cases involving juvenile felony charges.

Moving Cases from Juvenile to Criminal Court

While the juvenile justice system is meant to rehabilitate rather than condemn, juvenile offenders increasingly face harsh consequences and punishments if they are accused of a serious crime or felony. Under Utah's Serious Youth Offender Law (SYOL), certain categories of juvenile offenders, including some first time offenders, must always be transferred to the criminal justice system and be tried as adults. This legislative move rejects discretionary transfer and any attempt at juvenile court rehabilitation. Charges covered by SYOL include:

  • Murder or aggravated murder
  • Felonies committed after the juvenile has been in a secure facility
  • Aggravated arson
  • Aggravated assault (intentionally causing serious bodily injury)
  • Aggravated kidnapping
  • Aggravated burglary
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Discharge of a firearm from a vehicle
  • Attempted aggravated murder
  • Attempted murder
  • Any other felony offense involving the use of a dangerous weapon in which the juvenile has been previously adjudicated or convicted of a felony offense involving a dangerous weapon

If a youth is accused of any of these charges (except murder or a felony committed after being in a secure facility, in which case the charge is filed directly in District Court), he or she receives a hearing in Juvenile Court, and if the prosecution establishes probable cause that the youth committed the crime, it is presumed that the case will transfer to adult criminal court. A juvenile may contest the presumption of his or her transfer by "clear and convincing evidence" only if all of the following criteria are satisfied:

  • The minor has not previously been adjudicated delinquent for a felony offense involving the use of a dangerous weapon;
  • If the offense was committed with one or more persons, the minor appears to have a lesser degree of culpability than the codefendants; and
  • The minor's role in the offense was not committed in a violent, aggressive, or premeditated manner.

Because SYOL intends to be tough on youth offenders, it is very difficult to keep serious felony cases in Juvenile Court. However, the representation of an experienced juvenile defense attorney can help you and your child explore every option to minimize the consequences of a felony charge. At Intermountain Legal, we will work tirelessly to protect your child's rights and future, using smart, effective defense tactics.

Seek Experienced, Intelligent Defense Representation

If your child has been charged with a felony, it is imperative to obtain legal counsel as soon as possible to ensure your child has the best chance of avoiding conviction. Contact Intermountain Legal today for a free initial consultation.

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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.