Juveniles May Face Adult Burglary Charges in Utah School Burglary

Potential Adult Burglary Charges
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Three juveniles were arrested last week and one is still being sought in connection with a burglary at Logan High School on August 14. In addition to burglary charges, the juveniles could also face charges of criminal mischief.

Smile for the Camera

According to a report from KSL, Logan Police Capt. Tyson Budge stated that the burglary at Logan High School occurred at approximately 12 a.m. on August 14. The main lobby of the building was open as a result of the school being under construction. Four teens entered the school and stole thousands of dollars of computer equipment. In addition, Budge reported that the teens also discharged fire extinguishers in the school, causing additional damage with could rank in the thousands of dollars as well, possibly resulting in criminal mischief charges.

Fortunately for law enforcement, while the school may have still been under construction, surveillance cameras were in operation at the time. Logan Police posted the surveillance videos to their Facebook page on August 15, and within a week, all of the juveniles had been identified by tips from community members and three of them had been taken into custody. The fourth individual has also been identified but is still being sought in connection with the crime.

Potential Adult Burglary Charges

There are several reasons a juvenile may be charged as an adult. In the case of these four teenagers (ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old), the factors that could contribute to this type of prosecution are the fact that they all have extensive criminal histories (one of the juveniles was actually already on probation) and the fact that they committed a crime which would be considered a felony if committed by an adult.

In this case, according to Utah Code 76-6-202, burglary occurred because the juveniles entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a theft. If convicted, burglary is considered a third degree felony.

This case serves to underscore the importance of an experienced juvenile defense attorney. If your child is in trouble with the law and this isn’t their first time, don’t leave their fate in the hands of a public defender. Consult with a trusted, compassionate juvenile defense attorney who has your child’s best interest in mind.

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