If you know that your child is in trouble with the law, but you’re hoping there are options available besides detention, nonjudicial adjustment may be a possible answer.
Nonjudicial adjustment means that the assigned probation officer may close a case without judicial determination upon the written consent of:
• The assigned probation officer; and
• The minor; or
• The minor and the minor’s parent, legal guardian or custodian.
Some conditions that may be agreed upon and included in the nonjudicial adjustment of a case are:
• Payment of a financial penalty of not more than $250 to the Juvenile Court;
• Payment of victim restitution;
• Satisfactory completion of compensatory service;
• Referral to an appropriate provider for counseling or treatment;
• Attendance at substance abuse programs or counseling programs;
• Compliance with specified restrictions on activities and associations; and
• Other reasonable actions that are in the interest of the child or minor and the community.
For some minors, detention may be the best place for them to get their problems sorted out. However, not all kids should be locked up. Most juvenile offenders just require some help getting back on the right track. Nonjudicial adjustment may be exactly what these kids need.
If your child is involved in a juvenile court proceeding, contact a Utah juvenile defense attorney right away. Like most parents, we know you want what’s best for your child. Having an attorney provide you with assistance will give you peace of mind and knowledge that your child’s case is in good hands. Don’t delay getting your child legal help.
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