Utah Juvenile Makes Threats Against School; Suspended Indefinitely

Utah Juvenile Makes Threats Against School
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In another case of a juvenile threatening violence, a 12-year-old Logan boy was suspended this week for admitting to making threats against his school. The length of the suspension has yet to be determined as well as whether criminal charges will be filed.

Even Online Comments Constitute Threats

According to Logan Police Department Lt. Tyson Budge, they received notification from the online gambling site, roblox.com, that in a routine monitoring of online comments one of their employees had seen threats from a user talking about taking guns to school. The user had reportedly talked about the need to “kill them while they are young.”

Once the user was identified, the police contacted his mother and interviewed him in her presence where he admitted to making the comments. The Mount Logan Middle School student was immediately suspended, and the case was referred to the Cache County Attorney’s Office where additional criminal charges may be filed. The school district is attempting to determine whether the juvenile intended to carry through with these actions to assist them in their determination of the length of the suspension.

In a report from the Herald Journal News of Logan, Assistant Principal Dan Cox was quoted as saying, “[W]e want to protect the safety of all 1,500 people here at this school. We want to take the time to investigate this thoroughly and do right by everyone.”

Threats of Violence Charges Possible

These threats most likely wouldn’t be considered along the lines of “threats of terrorism” similar to the incident that closed Westlake High School on the first day of school. In that case, there was a threat of a weapon of mass destruction [alleged bombs]. However, this incident would at least constitute what the Utah Criminal Code considers Threats of Violence, even if the action is not carried out.

For an adult, these threats are a class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $1,000. For juvenile offenders, they may face restitution, fines or community service.

Making threats of violence is a serious offense and one that indicates perhaps a larger issue that may require professional counseling. In addition, if your child has been charged with making threats of violence–or any other crime–make sure to seek the professional help of a juvenile defense attorney who has your child’s best interests in mind.

Utah Accident Results in Minor Consumption Charges, Possibly More

Utah Accident Results in Minor Consumption
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A vehicular accident on Monday, June 23, in St. George, Utah, resulted in minor consumption charges for two juveniles. In addition, everyone in the vehicle received injuries.

Joy Ride Ends Unhappily

According to St. George police, at approximately 10 p.m. Monday evening, a late model Ford Explorer driven by a 15-year-old female with four other passengers ages 15 to 18 slid sideways at the intersection of 670 N. Valley View Drive before rolling and hitting a chain link fence.

One of the passengers was ejected from the Explorer. The driver was trapped and had to be extricated from the vehicle by emergency personnel. She was airlifted to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas with severe head trauma. The four other passengers were all transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

While not a “joy ride” in the sense of being in a stolen vehicle, every other part of the definition matches. Law enforcement has stated that they believe both speed and alcohol were involved in the accident. As a result, two of the juveniles were cited with minor consumption. It hasn’t been released whether one of these was the driver. More charges are pending as the investigation of the accident continues.

Minor Consumption Penalties

In Utah, the alcohol laws in regards to minors are known as “NOT-A-DROP” rules and are taken very seriously. A minor may not have any detectable amount of alcohol as measured by blood, breath or urine.

A conviction for minor consumption or possession is a misdemeanor and the violator’s driver’s license may be suspended for one to two years depending on whether it is their first conviction. If the violator is not yet eligible to receive their license or learner’s permit, the suspension begins as soon as they are eligible.

In some instances, a judge may reduce the license suspension time for first time offenders providing they complete a court-approved educational program. For second and subsequent offenses, the aforementioned program may be mandated in addition to the license suspension.

If your child has been cited for minor consumption, talk to an experienced juvenile defense attorney. Penalties will often be less severe if you have an attorney working on your child’s behalf.

Tips to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency, Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Tips to Prevent Juvenile Delinquency
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With summer vacation at least a week underway for most Utah teenagers, many parents are looking for ways to prevent juvenile delinquency. In some cases, more than just delinquency.

Idle Hands are the Devil’s Playthings

The first area where parents should look when trying to prevent juvenile delinquency is how their children keep themselves busy when they’re not in school. More importantly, if their children keep busy when they’re not in school. The statistics can be startling. Studies show that teenagers who don’t participate in activities after school are almost three times more likely to take part in illegal or unsafe behavior, from drugs and alcohol to sexual activity.

Most schools have after school programs tailored around student interests, such as sports, performing arts and other clubs. If these things don’t interest your child, find out what is interesting to them and locate those groups or classes in your community. Programs exist for everything from art and photography to 4-H and BMX racing to martial arts and music lessons. Students can also volunteer for nonprofits, such as Boys & Girls club or Big Brothers/Little Sisters, and many local businesses hire teenagers for part-time jobs.

In addition to being ways to prevent juvenile delinquency, these activities also look good on resumes and college applications. If nothing else, keeping busy keeps them safe. Statistics also report that the highest risk for teenagers becoming victims of violent crime is during the hours immediately after school.

What About During the Summer?

Obviously these statistics get worse with summer vacation and children having even more free time. Parents like to believe that their teenagers will make the right decisions if they have too much time on their hands, but a quick glance at the news shows that isn’t always the case.

If you’re concerned about your child during summer vacation, don’t fret. Just fill that extra time. If they liked learning an instrument, how about another one? Maybe they can take on another “little brother” or “little sister.” Maybe that part-time job can become full-time over the summer. While many parents might complain about the costs of additional activities, think about it this way: Wouldn’t you rather be paying for BMX lessons than bail?

Hopefully these tips to prevent juvenile delinquency will do the trick. However, if your child is already in trouble, make sure you know their rights. Don’t wait to contact an experienced and professional juvenile defense attorney.

Potential Consequences for Utah Juveniles Who are Found Guilty in Juvenile Court

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There are a variety of potential consequences awaiting Utah juveniles who have been found guilty of committing some type of offense. A juvenile court judge has the ability to determine which consequences, if any, should be handed out to an individual youth.

Fines

Utah juveniles may find themselves responsible for paying one or more fines; the amount(s) would tend to be based on the offense(s) committed by the juvenile.

Written Assignments

Some probations officers might ask a youth to write a letter of apology to the victim and/or a report regarding their behavior.

Restitution

If a youth and his family are unable to come up with the cash to pay the juvenile’s restitution, they can apply for the youth to be put on a work detail–that money earned would then go to the victim.

Counseling

Counseling may be ordered for some Utah juveniles; the court can also order psychological evaluations to use in determining the best treatment for kids.

Community Service

This consequence can be used instead of making a juvenile offender pay fines.

Detention

Because of the severity of their offenses, some Utah juveniles are sent to a juvenile detention facility to serve a specified period of time. Home detention may also be a possible consequence.

Why Your Child Needs an Attorney

If your child is charged with committing any offense, he needs to be represented by a Utah juvenile defense attorney to make sure that he’s treated fairly and respectfully. The last thing you need at a difficult time is to try and figure out how to navigate the confusing world of juvenile justice.

Do yourself and your child a favor and contact an experienced Utah juvenile defense attorney today.

Utah Teens Leave Youth Center, Warrants Issued

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Four Utah teens recently left a Draper youth center, which isn’t a secure facility, but is set aside as a place youth “inmates” aren’t allowed to leave without permission.

On the Run?

Two of the Utah teens were located in Orem, but the other two young men–a 15- and 16-year old, are still unaccounted for. Warrants have been issued for their arrests, since they’re not legally supposed to leave the youth facility on their own.

The youth center is a supervised facility for teens who’ve been ordered “incarcerated” for 60 to 90 days. This particular type of facility houses troubled youth who also are required to perform community service, in addition to other consequences assigned by a juvenile court judge.

Worries About Teens’ Abilities to Care for Themselves

News reports indicate that law enforcement are concerned for the two teens’ welfare and hope they don’t become dangerous. Of course, we don’t have any other information on these two young men, so discussing their potential danger to the community seems quite speculative at this point.

Troubled youth facilities can be beneficial for some Utah teens; quite a bit likely depends on the people who run the facility and the teens themselves.

Consult with a Utah Juvenile Defense Attorney

It’s important to make sure that any youth who finds himself in trouble with the law gets the best legal help possible, as quickly as possible. Having an experienced Utah juvenile defense attorney on your child’s side can make all the difference in the outcome of his or her case.

Help your child today by contacting a reputable Utah juvenile defense attorney today.