Utah’s vast system of criminal courts can be very complicated and difficult to understand if you are a defendant or a defendant’s family member. You have probably been so worried about the penalties you might face and the effects on your life that you have not even started to think about when and where you will be required to appear in court.
There’s no question that being charged with a crime is a difficult, nerve-wracking experience. At Overson Law, one of our goals is to reduce the defendant’s stress and anxiety by making sure that he or she has a clear understanding of the basic elements of his or her case.
We have compiled this short overview of Tooele County District Court in an effort to help defendants and their loved ones understand how district courts function. It covers important information for defendants in Tooele County, including:
- Which types of cases are prosecuted in district court.
- Where the district court in Tooele County is located.
- How to contact Tooele County District Court.
- How to view the Tooele County District Court calendar.
What Types of Criminal Cases Are Tried in District Court?
There are several different types of courts in Utah. For those charged with criminal offenses, the two most important types of courts are justice courts and district courts.
Justice courts only have jurisdiction over Class C misdemeanors, which are the least serious type of misdemeanor, and Class B misdemeanors. District courts have jurisdiction over Class A misdemeanors, which are the most serious type of misdemeanor, and all types of felonies, including third degree felonies, second degree felonies, and first degree felonies.
If you have been charged with a Class A misdemeanor and/or any felony, your case will be heard in a district court rather than a justice court. If you are looking for information about justice courts in Tooele County, please refer to our library of legal resources, which features a separate guide to Tooele County Justice Court.
Examples of Felonies and Class A Misdemeanors
Together, felonies and Class A misdemeanors account for many of the crimes in the Utah Criminal Code. District courts therefore hear a wide variety of criminal cases, including cases arising from charges of:
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Burglary and Aggravated Burglary
- Carrying a Concealed Firearm
- Child Pornography (Sexual Exploitation of a Minor)
- Drug Possession and Distribution
- Identity Theft (Identity Fraud)
- Kidnapping and Aggravated Kidnapping
- Reckless Endangerment
- Robbery and Aggravated Robbery
- Sexual Abuse of a Child
- Sexual Abuse of a Minor
- Simple and Aggravated Assault
- Terroristic Threats
- Theft (Over $500)
- Vehicular Homicide
- Weapons Possession (Gun Possession)
Tooele County District Court Address, Hours, and Contact Information for Defendants
For legal purposes, Utah is divided into eight parts called “judicial districts.” Each district contains at least three counties, though some contain as many as six. Along with Salt Lake County and Summit County, Tooele County is part of the Third Judicial District, which forms a band across the northern part of the state.
There are many district courts throughout Utah. One of these courts, which is located in Tooele, handles felonies and Class A misdemeanors that allegedly occurred in Tooele County. This court is known as Tooele County District Court. Because it is part of the Third Judicial District, it is sometimes called Tooele County Third District Court.
Tooele County District Court is located at the following address:
Gordon R. Hall Courthouse
74 South 100 East
Tooele, UT 84074
You can contact Tooele County District Court by calling the main number at (435) 833-8000. However, you should speak with a defense lawyer in Tooele County before you contact the court.
The public hours for Tooele County District Court are Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. An attorney can help you determine when you are required to appear in court, and will prepare you for each hearing.
Tooele District Court Calendar
The Tooele County District Court calendar is a continually updated document that shows all court activity scheduled to occur in the next two weeks. You can view the Tooele District Court calendar online by following three simple steps:
1. Visit utcourts (dot) gov (slash) cal
2. Click on the “District Court Calendars” link
3. Click the link for Tooele
Tooele Defense Lawyer Handling Felony and Misdemeanor Cases
Darwin Overson is an aggressive Utah criminal defense attorney with more than 16 years of experience representing defendants charged with a broad array of Class A misdemeanors and felonies in Tooele County, including Grantsville, Erda, Dugway, Wendover, Stansbury Park, Stockton, Rush Valley, Vernon, and Ophir.
Darwin has handled thousands of cases during his many years practicing criminal law, and is frequently able to have his clients’ charges reduced, have the penalties reduced, have the case dismissed, or obtain other favorable outcomes. Darwin is also able to make emergency attorney visits to the Tooele County Detention Center (Tooele County Jail).
If you or a loved one was arrested in Tooele County, or is under investigation for a suspected crime, you need immediate legal help. For a free and confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 758-2287 today.