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The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. Find important information on what to do about your case and where to find help on our Alerts and Information Page due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

El poder judicial de Utah está comprometido a la administración de justicia de una manera abierta, justa y eficiente bajo la ley. En nuestra página Información y alertas encontrará información importante sobre qué hacer en cuanto a su caso y dónde encontrar ayuda debido al impacto del brote de COVID-19.

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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 - Delinquencies

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

My child has been charged by the police with a law violation.

What happens Next?

A referral (police report) is created by the police department and delivered to the Juvenile Court.  Depending on the charge it may fall into one of the following levels of the process.

Find where your case fits and follow the links for further information.

Level 1:  Bailable Offenses:
For youth under 16 years of age -- Most traffic offenses, parks & recreation violations, wildlife violations, and some minor infractions. You will receive a Notice of Bailable Offense.

Level 2:  Citation Diversion Unit (CDU):
The first to third time at Juvenile Court, all other offenses, Class B misdemeanor or below.  The police officer gives you a date and time to appear at Juvenile Court or you receive a letter instructing you to appear for CDU class.

Level 3:  Preliminary Inquiry (PI):
All offenses not eligible for CDU, usually Class B misdemeanor or higher.  You will receive a letter from a probation officer giving you the date and time for a meeting.

Level 4:  Arraignment:
If you have not appeared at the CDU class or a Preliminary Inquiry, or you failed to comply with a non-judicial assessment.  You will receive a Notice of Hearing from the Court regarding your court appearance.

Level 5:  Pretrial:
You indicated to the probation department or Judge that you wish to deny the charge or have an attorney.  You will receive a Notice of Hearing for Pretrial.

Level 6:  Trial:
You have met with the Deputy County Attorney and no resolution has been reached.  You will receive a Notice of Hearing for Trial and have an opportunity to call witnesses in your defense.

Level 7:  Post Dispositional Information:
What if I can't pay my fines or complete my court ordered obligations?

A parent or guardian must be in attendance with the juvenile at every stage of the Juvenile Court process

Juvenile Court records are confidential and not open to inspection or release with some exceptions. 

Learn more about Juvenile Court Confidentiality Rules

Your Right to an Attorney:

You have the right to have an attorney at any stage in the process.  If you cannot afford one then you can request one either at the front desk or when you meet with a probation officer.  If you meet the financial guidelines, then an attorney will be appointed to represent you in all matters relating to this charge.

Free Legal Advice is available.  For more information relating to your rights follow this link:
Your Rights Under the Law

Fourth District Juvenile Court
137 N Freedom Blvd. Suite 150, Provo, UT 84601
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: 2/8/2019
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