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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Court Process - Preliminary Inquiry

Delinquencies | Bailable Offenses | Citation Diversion Unit
Preliminary Inquiry | Arraignment | Pretrial | Trial | Post Dispositional Information
Your Rights, Confidentiality, Definitions | Free Legal Advice


Level 3: Preliminary Inquiry (PI)

If this is your fourth offense or a more serious charge, you will be instructed either before the CDU class or by letter to meet with an intake officer of the court.  The Intake Department has services available that are not available through CDU.

At the Preliminary Inquiry (PI), the intake officer will update your information, discuss your rights, go through the charges and evidence in the police report and if you plan to deny the charge, (s)he can assist you in completing paperwork for an arraignment waiver and request for an attorney. Possible consequences will be discussed and general information about school and family will be gathered. 

It is the intake officer's job to assist you in navigating through the legal process and to do what is in the best interests of the child, family and community.  Some things to keep in mind about this meeting:

  1. The intake officer is not a judge;
  2. A PI is not a court hearing;
  3. This meeting is voluntary;
  4. You have a right to have counsel present to represent you at any point during the proceedings;
  5. You have the right not to disclose any information;
  6. Any information about the charges given to the intake officer cannot be used as evidence at a court hearing.  It may however, be presented as part of a report for sentencing purposes;
  7. If you deny the allegations at any time, the PI will end and there will be no further attempt for a Non-Judicial closure and the charge will go to the pretrial level.  (See Level 5, Pretrial)

It is the intake officer's job to help you navigate through the legal system and to do what is in the best interests of the child, family and community.

Based on the information gathered at the meeting, if the intake officer feels that a non-judicial closure is appropriate and is authorized, (s)he may propose a non-judicial agreement and the case may be closed without a petition to court. If you are non-compliant with the non-judicial agreement, then a petition would be filed with the court and an arraignment held.  (Go to level 4: AR)

However keep in mind that many cases at this level are petitioned to the court and require a court hearing. (Go to level 4: AR)  If you so desire, you may skip the arraignment level by completing an Arraignment Waiver and go directly to the pretrial level.

If the incident is denied by the minor, the case shall be referred to the County Attorney's Office for further action.  This could include a motion for dismissal, an amended charge, or request for pretrial hearing.  (Go to level 5:  PT)

Fourth District Juvenile Court
2021 S State, Provo  84604
99 East Center, Orem UT 84057
765 S Hwy 99 Suite 5, Fillmore UT 84631
1361 S Hwy 40, Heber UT  84032
PO Box 308, Nephi UT 84648

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.


Page Last Modified: 3/29/2018
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