Utah Teens Leave Youth Center, Warrants Issued

Photo: Mustafa Khayat

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.

Utah Juvenile Court Appearance Rules

There are several rules concerning the appearance of juveniles and guardians in a Utah juvenile court. There are consequences if you or your child choose to not attend court when requested.

Avoiding a Bench Warrant

One potential problem you face is that a bench warrant may be issued. A judge can request a bench warrant for many situations, including failure to appear in court.

When a juvenile is required to appear in court, his parent, guardian or other person who has legal custody must also be in attendance unless excused by the judge.

Give Your Employer Notice of Court Date

If you have to go with your child to a Utah juvenile court, your employer has to allow you the time off, though not necessarily with pay, as long as you give appropriate notice.

If you have signed a written promise to appear in court with a minor and you don’t show up, you can be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor. That misdemeanor charge will be handled in the appropriate district court setting.

Who Is a Guardian Ad Litem?

When neither a parent nor a guardian go with their child to court, the juvenile court judge may appoint a guardian ad litem. A guardian ad litem is (usually) an attorney who is employed by the state whose responsibilities include protecting the interest of a child.

An arrest or bench warrant may be issued for any parent, guardian, other custodian or minor when:

• A summons is issued but can’t be served
• The court can tell that the person to be served won’t obey the summons
• Serving the summons won’t have any effect
• The welfare of the minor is at stake and it’s imperative that the court take immediate custody

Talk to a Utah Juvenile Defense Attorney

Don’t wait to contact a Utah juvenile defense attorney if your child is facing any charges in Utah juvenile court. It is in your child’s best interests to have legal representation by an attorney who has experience handling kids’ court cases. Make the right phone call today.