Two Utah teens have been arrested as suspects in the weekend arson of the Davis High School football field and may end up with a large restitution bill.
The 16-year-olds were booked into the local juvenile detention facility while they’re being investigated for committing arson and criminal trespass. They allegedly burned an approximately 48 square foot patch of the field; damages are estimated to be at least $10,000.
What Should We Do Tonight?
The suspects attend another high school, but supposedly started the fire for fun. Considering the amount of damages, the school district may look for restitution.
When a person is found guilty of committing a crime that results in financial damages, Utah law states that a court shall order the individual to make restitution to the victims. In determining restitution, the court looks at complete restitution and court-ordered restitution.
What is Restitution?
Complete restitution covers the money necessary to compensate a victim for all losses. Court-ordered restitution means the restitution the person must pay as part of his sentence at the time of sentencing or within one year after sentencing.
Parents Can be Financially Liable
When a juvenile commits an offense where there is property damage, the juvenile’s parent or legal guardian is liable for property damages not to exceed $2000 under the following conditions:
• The minor intentionally damages, defaces, destroys or takes someone else’s property
• The minor recklessly or willfully propels or shoots a missile or other object at one of several objects
• The minor intentionally and unlawfully tampers with the property of another endangering human life or involving public utility services
There are circumstances under which a parent may not be legally responsible for a child’s actions; if you have questions about this, it’s best to consult with a Utah juvenile defense attorney.
If your child is involved in any juvenile legal problems, it’s a good idea to talk to a Utah juvenile defense attorney as soon as possible. Don’t assume that the issue will resolve itself or go away. Get your child the legal help he or she needs today.