Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Utah
Criminal Defense Attorney Stephen Howard
Call Criminal Defense Attorney in Utah
Call Utah Criminal Lawyer
Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers / Former Prosecutors
Call 801-449-1409 now to see what the right attorney can do for you.
Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer Salt Lake City

Criminal Defense Solutions Start HereSM

Finding a Felony Defense LawyerChoosing a Misdemeanor Defense LawyerDrug and Alcohol Crimes Defense LawyerWhite Collar Defense Attorney for Utah ChargesAttorney for Expungements Reductions and PardonsDefendant Constitutional Rights Criminal LawyerBail and Bond Alternatives in UtahReasons for Hope Facing Criminal Charges

Expunging Juvenile Records in Utah

The expungement process for juvenile records is significantly different that the adult expungement process. The following page provides an outline of the procedures required to obtain an expungement of Utah juvenile court records.

We work with clients to help clear their juvenile or adult criminal records through the expungement, 402 reduction, and pardon processes. Contact us today to see how we can help you.

Expungement of Juvenile Court Records - Petition and Procedure

Initial Eligibility - A person who has been formally judged in Utah’s Juvenile Court may petition the court for expungement of their juvenile court record and any related records in the custody of a state agency, if:

  1. The person has reached 18 years of age; and
  2. The Juvenile Court Jurisdiction and/or custody and parole supervision of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services was unconditionally terminated at least one year ago. 

The court may waive the above requirements if the court finds, and states on the record, the reason why the waiver is appropriate.

Generally, any juvenile adjudication of delinquency can be eligible for expungement. However, the legislature has determined that the court may not expunge a juvenile court record if the record contains a judgement for

  1. Aggravated murder; or
  2. Murder

Petition - To begin the Juvenile expungement process, you must file a petition with the court where the case was filed and heard. Included with the petition must be an original criminal history report obtained from the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). 

When deciding whether to grant a petition for expungement, the court takes into consideration whether the rehabilitation of the petitioner has been attained satisfactorily by looking at the petitioner’s response to programs and treatment and the petitioner’s behavior following adjudication, along with the nature and seriousness of the conduct. At the hearing the county attorney or district attorney, a victim, and any other person who may have relevant information about the petitioner may testify.
The court may order all of the petitioner’s records be sealed if the court finds that:

  1. The petitioner has not, since the terminations of the court’s jurisdiction or unconditional release from the Division of Juvenile Justice Services, been convicted of a:
    a. Felony, or
    b. Misdemeanor involving moral turpitude
  2. No proceeding involving a felony or misdemeanor is pending or being instituted against the petitioner; and
  3. A judgement for restitution entered by the court on the conviction for which the expungement is sought has been satisfied.

Effect of Juvenile Expungement

Once the juvenile expungement order is signed by the judge, the proceedings in the petitioner’s case shall be considered never to have occurred and the petitioner may properly reply accordingly upon any inquiry in the matter. Inspection of the records may thereafter only be permitted by the court upon petition by the person who is the subject of the records, and only to the person named in the petition.

Finding a Utah Criminal Attorney

Utah Criminal Defense LawyerWe are pleased to offer services to clients throughout Utah. If you have a juvenile or adult record that you would like to have expunged, contact us today to see how our criminal defense team can help you.

RELATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE QUESTIONS
What is the effect of an adult expungement on my Utah criminal record?
How do I find out if I am eligible for expungement of my adult record?
Is a Utah expungement of an adult record considered a complete expungement?



Best Rating
Make a Payment to Your Account
Get Help Now
Name: Email: Phone: Describe your legal needs here:
I accept the disclaimer below.
Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is established by the use of this form. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be submitted through this form. By clicking 'submit' I am only requesting that I be contacted for the purpose of obtaining legal services.

This form protected by reCAPTCHA.

  • Selected Victories
  • Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyNot Guilty - Client was charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pointing handgun at and threatening another driver during a road rage incident. Defense investigation and analysis, combined with effective cross-examination at trial indicated the alleged victim was the initial aggressor and suported client's self-defense claim. Jury acquitted client at trial.
  • Criminal Appeals Defense AttorneyDismissed on Appeal - DUI case was dismissed after a successful appeal where the Utah Court of Appeals reversed the trial court's denial of the defense motion to suppress. Without the suppressed evidence, the prosecutor acknowledged that they did not have sufficient evidence to proceed to trial and the case was dismissed.
  • Utah Expungement Lawyer Expunged - Client with prior conviction for violent felony was ineligible for expungement through the courts. A successful 2-step reduction restored expungement eligibility and ultimately led to the court's decision to grant the requested expungement.
  • Utah Burglary Attorney Dismissal - Client was charged with first-degree felony home burglary and facing potential life in prison. Defense analysis revealed flaws in prosecutor's case which led to abeyance agreement intended to lead to a full dismissal of the case.
  • Recent Posts
  • What to Do When Arrested for DUI What should I do if I am arrested for DUI? - Many DUI cases begin as minor traffic stops. But the consequences of a DUI conviction are much more serious than an ordinary traffic citation. If you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, you have specific important constitutional and statutory rights that can protect your. . . .
  • Utah Misdemeanor Attorney Salt Lake Can I handle a Utah misdemeanor from out-of-state? - Even if you do not intend to take your case to trial, a misdemeanor criminal offense in Utah can require multiple court appearances to reach a resolution. If you have been charged with a crime in Utah, but are not a Utah resident, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you resolve the case without returning to the state. . . .
Best Utah Criminal Defense Strategy

Successfully defending against criminal prosecution requires more than just an 'aggressive' defense. The best defense attorneys understand that a sophisticated defense requires a thorough understanding of a variety of nuanced legal issues, real experience in the courtroom, good negotiation skills, and much more. Fighting hard is good. Fighting smart is better....

Strategy »
Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Profile Utah

With decades of combined experience, our criminal defense team attorneys have the knowledge, skill, and determination to help you achieve the results you need. Facing criminal prosecution in Utah can have serious consequences. Choosing the best attorney to defend your case may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make....

Experience »
Conviction Consequences - Utah Criminal Defense

In Utah, even a "minor" misdemeanor conviction carries the potential for jail time and significant fines. A felony conviction carries the potential of lengthy prison terms and the various consequences that come with being labeled as a convicted felon. Never plead guilty without first finding out....

Consequences »
Utah Criminal Defense Attorney - Reasons to Hope

Being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted. But just being charged can affect more than you may have imagined - jail, job, family, bills, rent or mortgage. It can feel like everything has gone wrong, and may you wonder if anything can go right. But facing criminal prosecution does not mean giving up hope....

Reasons to Hope »
Home | Attorney Profile | Case Results | Criminal Code | FAQ | Legal Resources | Defense Strategy | Contact Us

Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

Call now to arrange for a confidential initial consultation with an experienced and effective Utah criminal defense lawyer.

In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

Stephen W. Howard, PC

The materials in this website are intended for informational purposes only, and are not legal advice. Viewing or responding to materials in this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. Read Full Disclaimer.