Utah Teen Arrested After Supposed Gang Shooting

West Valley City police have arrested a Utah teen they believe was involved in a suspected gang shooting last week.

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What Happened?

Two groups of rival gang members got into a verbal tussle in the early hours of last Friday morning and were allegedly leaving the area when one teen, the suspect arrested, is believed to have fired several rounds at the other group. Police stated that no one reported to any local healthcare facility for treatment for a gunshot wound.

The Utah teen suspected of doing the shooting was arrested and the other occupants in the same vehicle were released to their parents.

What is a Criminal Street Gang?

A criminal street gang is described as an organization, association in fact, or group of three or more people that has:

• As one of its primary activities the commission of one or more gang crimes
• As a group, an identifying name or identifying sign or symbol, or both
• Members who engage in, or have engaged in, a pattern of criminal gang activity

There are enhanced penalties for members of criminal street gangs who commit certain offenses and who are found to have committed the offense

• With two or more people
• For the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with the gang or
• To gain recognition, membership, acceptance or increased status with the gang

Talk to an Attorney

Most Utah teens who commit an offense are handled within the jurisdiction of a Utah juvenile court. Depending on the circumstances of the offense, a teen’s case may be transferred to adult court. In order to help make sure that your child’s case is handled in the best way possible, you should talk to a Utah juvenile defense attorney before going into court.

The right attorney can help see that your child is treated fairly and respectfully. Do what’s best for your son or daughter by contacting a Utah juvenile defense attorney today.

Utah Teen Under Investigation for Attempted Murder

A 17-year-old Utah teen is being investigated for his alleged role in an attempted murder earlier this week.

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Who Else Was Involved?

Police know the young man was one of five occupants in a car that was involved in a drive-by shooting in the Kearns area. Unfortunately for the Utah teen, authorities believe that he was the one who fired several shots towards a Kearns home—in the direction of one resident who was standing outside the home.

All five of the car’s occupants are thought to have gang connections. The other four people in the vehicle, including another teen, have all been arrested pending investigation into their roles in the shooting.

Elements of Attempting to Commit a Crime

A person may be guilty of an attempt to commit a crime if he:

• Does certain things that would legally constitute a substantial step towards the commission of the crime
• Intends to commit the crime or
• Acts in such a way that he knows his action is likely to produce a certain result

Attempted murder (in adult court) is frequently charged as a first degree felony. The punishment for committing attempted murder can differ from one case to the next, depending on the circumstances.

People of all ages do become involved in gangs. There are laws in Utah that make persuading or even forcing a minor to become involved in a gang illegal. However, freedom of choice is still a positive benefit of living in this country.

Even Kids Need Legal Help

If your child has been arrested or is otherwise involved in a juvenile court case, don’t wait to talk to a Utah juvenile defense attorney. Kids’ rights aren’t supposed to be overlooked, but it’s better to make sure that your son or daughter has the best juvenile defense possible. Make that important call today.

Utah Teen Arrested After He Shoots Friend

A Utah teen has been taken into custody following an accidental shooting that left his friend with a bullet in his stomach.

Photo: J BrewWhat Happened?

The teens were outside a West Valley City apartment complex when the shooting occurred. A 16-year-old allegedly tried to shoot a gun towards the ground but it didn’t discharge. At some point, the gun went off and a 15-year-old ended up worse for the wear. It’s believed that his injury isn’t life-threatening.

The 16-year-old Utah teen was taken into custody and booked into a local juvenile detention facility. He’s being investigated for possession of a firearm and discharge of a firearm.

Utah Kids and Guns

According to Utah law, a minor under the age of 18 may not be in possession of a dangerous weapon unless he:

• Has a parent or guardian’s permission to have the weapon or
• Is accompanied by a parent or guardian while he has the weapon

Failure to obey this law can result in a class B misdemeanor charge the first time. If it happens any other times, the charge will increase to a class A misdemeanor.

Discharging a gun is addressed all on its own. There are several places it’s illegal to shoot a gun, including:

• From any vehicle
• Around highways
• At road signs
• At railroad equipment or signs
• Without written permission of the owner of property within 600 feet of a house, dwelling or any other building

It’s a class B misdemeanor to disobey this law, and a person may have his driver’s license revoked, suspended or denied if he commits this crime.

This particular case sounds like it was likely just an accident, that no harm was actually intended. However, it’s still in the Utah teen’s best interest to have expert legal representation in any court hearing or other aspects of his case.

Talk to a Utah Juvenile Defense Attorney

If your child has been arrested for committing any offense, don’t wait to contact a Utah juvenile defense attorney. An experienced juvenile defense attorney may be able to help your Utah teen make sure that he’s treated fairly and respectfully. Make the right call today.

Utah Teen Receives Sentence for Involvement in Man’s Death

A Utah teen has been sentenced for his involvement in a man’s death in Moab. The now-17-year-old will be spending the next few years in a high-security juvenile detention facility.

Covering Up a Murder

Charles Anthony Nelson admitted responsibility for his role in helping cover up a murder committed by his friend. Police first thought Nelson committed the murder, but it turned out his culpability was in attempting to hide the murder.

Nelson pleaded guilty to committing obstruction of justice the same day his friend pleaded guilty to second degree felony manslaughter. It will now be up to a parole board to determine when the Utah teen gets out of detention.

Obstruction of Justice Charge

Obstruction of justice can be charged if a Utah teen or adult does any of the following intending to delay, hinder, etc. criminal proceedings and so forth:

• Gives someone a weapon
• Uses intimidation, force or deception to prevent a crime from being discovered
• Provides someone with transportation to evade police
• Conceals information after a judge requires such information be given
• Alters, destroys, removes or conceals anything involved in a crime (like hiding a dead body)
• And others.
Kids and adults alike can make a lot of dumb choices, some not so serious and others that get the proverbial book thrown at them. That’s where attorneys come in.

A Utah juvenile defense attorney can be your child’s best chance of making sure that justice is handled appropriately. Some kids deserve to go to lockdown detention, but others have different rehabilitative needs. It’s good to have multiple points of view involved in decisions that can affect a Utah teen’s life forever.

If your Utah teen is in legal trouble, talk to a Utah juvenile defense attorney. Getting him the help he needs now may save a lot of headaches in the future.

Utah Teen a Suspect in Group Home Fire

A 17-year-old Utah teen is a suspect in a fire that started in a state-run group home last week. The teen was treated for smoke inhalation before being taken to a local hospital.

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Fire Allegedly Started in Teen’s Bedroom

Investigators verified that the fire which caused more than $100,000 in damage was started in the Utah teen’s bedroom. It only took firefighters about 10 minutes to put out the fire, but not before the blaze reached the attic and damaged the roof.

Definition of Arson

Arson is a second degree felony under Utah law. If someone uses fire or explosives to unlawfully and intentionally damage someone else’s property, he will likely be charged with arson.

Definition of Aggravated Arson

Aggravated arson can be charged when a person unlawfully and intentionally damages a habitable structure (such as a home) or any structure or vehicle when someone not involved in the arson is inside. Aggravated arson is a first degree felony.

As long as a Utah teen doesn’t have his case transferred to district court by a juvenile court judge, he will have his offense taken care of in juvenile court. In that case, it will be up to the judge to determine the facts of the case and make any decision regarding punishment.

Talk to a Utah Juvenile Defense Attorney

It’s vital that every person—whether a teen or adult—charged with a crime or offense have his own attorney who can advise him and handle his case both in and out of the courtroom. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that just because the offender is a kid he doesn’t need or deserve to have a Utah juvenile defense attorney on his side.

Help your child by talking to an attorney today. Good kids make bad decisions and don’t always need to be sent to detention. Let a Utah juvenile defense attorney give you and your child the legal support you both need.