A pair of suspected arsonists, one a Utah juvenile, has been arrested following a busy crime spree in Park City.
They’re Not Batman and Robin
The dynamic duo is believed to be responsible for starting a fire at the Park City Marriott hotel, followed by a burglarizing trip to the local high school and a condo in the city.
Investigators don’t know why the pair set the fire in an area of the hotel’s parking garage, but security video from the hotel helped identify one of the alleged criminals. The two people are being held while they’re investigated for arson, burglary and causing a catastrophe.
What Constitutes Burglary?
Burglary is normally a third degree felony unless it’s committed in a dwelling, in which case it’s a second degree felony. Additionally, a burglary is usually charged when a person enters or remains illegally in a building with the intent to commit some type of felony, a theft, assault, etc.
Causing a catastrophe can mean doing anything from using a weapon of mass destruction to being responsible for a fire, flood, avalanche or collapsing building. Since this situation probably doesn’t fit the weapon of mass destruction clause, the people responsible may be charged with a second degree felony or a class A misdemeanor.
Kids Often Deserve a Second Chance
We’ve previously mentioned on this blog that Utah law is designed to help rehabilitate juveniles if possible. In fact, a Utah juvenile is normally charged with an offense as opposed to a crime. Kids (and adults) sometimes do dumb things that require punishment but not confinement. That’s where an attorney comes in.
A Utah juvenile needs an attorney as much as a grown-up. If your child is in trouble with the law, talk to a Utah juvenile defense attorney today and get your kid’s case on the right track.