Several blogs ago we covered some of the responsibilities of Juvenile Justice Services in Utah. Today’s post will cover some of the frequently asked questions about Juvenile Justice Services.
Does legal guardianship change when your child is placed in the custody of JJS?
• No, you remain your child’s legal guardian even though JJS will have temporary custody granted them by a judge.
Do parents still have rights while their child is in custody of JJS?
• Yes. Parents retain the right to have contact with their child by phone or letter or visitation, depending on the rules and regulations of the facility. Parents are encouraged to call their child’s case manager if they have questions regarding their child’s situation.
Who will decide whether my child is removed from my home?
• A juvenile court judge. He or she will take into account the evidence concerning the child’s delinquent behavior, personal or family safety and threat to the public.
Does the state put youth in jail or prison?
• Sometimes. If a youth is a serious and/or habitual delinquent, he could be locked up. Juvenile Justice Services works to help the youth and the public by determining the best place for the youth. Some programs offer a great deal of freedom for the child, while others curtail personal freedoms substantially.
How often will my child be going to court?
• It depends on each child’s circumstances. Review hearings before a juvenile judge are normally held every six months. Your child’s case manager can give you current information on the time and date of the next hearing.
These answers briefly cover some of the more common questions parents may have about Juvenile Justice Services. If your child is experiencing legal troubles, it is a good idea to consult with a Utah juvenile defense attorney right away. Having an attorney represent your child will help make sure that he or she is treated equitably and appropriately within the juvenile justice system.
We know that you have invested a lot of love and concern for your child. Continue to help him or her by providing them with legal representation.