How to Contact Salt Lake City Youthful Offender Facility

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What is Utah’s Serious Youth Offender (SYO) Law?

Spurred by an increase in violent crime among minors, Utah passed its “Serious Youth Offender (SYO) law” in 1995. As the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) explains in one report, the law focuses on “serious, violent youth offenders” aged 16 or 17. In accordance with Section 78-3a-602(1)(a), felony violations of the following nine crimes are considered serious youth offenses under the law:

  1. Section 76-5-103 – Aggravated assault, in certain cases
  2. Section 76-5-202 – Attempted aggravated murder
  3. Section 76-5-203 – Attempted murder
  4. Section 76-5-302 – Aggravated kidnapping
  5. Section 76-5-405 – Aggravated sexual assault
  6. Section 76-6-103 – Aggravated arson
  7. Section 76-6-203 – Aggravated burglary
  8. Section 76-6-302 – Aggravated robbery
  9. Section 76-10-508.1 – Felony discharge of a firearm

Additionally, under Section 78-3a-602(1)(b), offenses are included which meet the following criteria:

  1. The offense “involve[d] the use of a dangerous weapon,” such as a gun.
  2. The offense would have been treated like a felony if committed by an adult, meaning someone age 18 or older.
  3. “[T]he minor has been previously adjudicated or convicted of an offense involving the use of a dangerous weapon, which… would have been a felony if committed by an adult.”

Youthful Offender Facilities in Salt Lake City

To try a 16-year-old or 17-year-old under the SYO law, district attorneys and other prosecutors must follow strict standards and procedures as outlined in Section 78A-6-702 – including standards that determine where and when minors may be detained. For instance, under Section 78A-6-702(8), “If a minor is ordered to a juvenile detention facility… [he or she] shall remain in the facility until released by a district court judge, or if convicted, until sentencing.” However, under Section 78A-6-702(9), any minor who is being detained in such a facility has “the same right to bail as any other criminal defendant.”

Section 78A-6-702(10) creates another important rule: if a minor turns 18 while he or she is in detention, he or she will be moved to an adult jail, such as a county jail, no later than 30 days after his or her eighteenth birthday. Furthermore, Section 78A-6-702(12) authorizes the district court to “reconsider… decision[s] on where the minor will be held,” with such decisions to be based on factors such as the juvenile’s age, history, risk of harm, and the nature of the alleged offense.

To summarize this process, which can sometimes feel complex and maze-like for family members, a 16- or 17-year-old who is charged with any of the crimes described above (such as aggravated robbery or burglary) can be tried within Utah’s adult judicial system. Following a hearing, a juvenile judge will evaluate whether the case should be moved to the adult system under the SYO statute.

Depending on the course a case follows, there are various facilities in Salt Lake County where a teenager may be detained or temporarily held. An experienced juvenile defense attorney in Salt Lake City can help you determine how best to proceed. It may be necessary to contact one or more of the following facilities for more information:

Juvenile Justice Services
3522 S. 700 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
(801) 265-7500

Juvenile Justice Services Division
195 N. 1950 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(801) 538-4330

Juvenile Probation
160 800 S.
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 533-5657

Salt Lake County Metro Jail
3415 S. 900 W.
South Salt Lake, UT 84119
(385) 468-8400

Salt Lake County Oxbow Jail
3148 S. 1100 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
(385) 468-8400

Salt Lake Valley Detention Center
3450 S. 900 W.
South Salt Lake, UT 84119
(801) 269-5100

Salt Lake City Juvenile Defense Lawyers Serving Families Throughout Utah

If your son or daughter was arrested and charged with a felony in Salt Lake City, you urgently need to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. To set up a free legal consultation and discuss your family’s options confidentially, contact Overson Law online, or call (801) 758-2287 today.