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By law, the District Attorney’s Office has the responsibility to prosecute all felonies filed on behalf of the State of Utah and misdemeanors in unincorporated Salt Lake County as well as all juvenile cases countywide. The attorneys, paralegals, investigators, legal secretaries and other associated support staff in the criminal division are committed to providing justice for victims and witnesses of crime in the most professional, respectful and compassionate manner while ensuring that offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The Criminal Division currently is composed of a number of different prosecution teams, including:
Juvenile prosecution differs from adult prosecution both in how crimes are prosecuted and in what the possible sentences are upon conviction. Because of the unique nature of the juvenile prosecution process, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office has a separate team dedicated to the prosecution of juvenile offenders in Salt Lake County.
The Juvenile Team receives special training to help them work effectively within the collaborative environment of juvenile court. The rehabilitation of youth offenders remains a consideration throughout the juvenile court process.
The Gang Team prosecutes all felony gang cases in Salt Lake County. This team prosecutes any felony committed by a documented gang member and/or any person who associates with a known gang member. This can include crimes such as gang-related murder, assault, and robbery.
In addition to prosecuting gang members and their associates, the Gang Team helps to educate and train local law enforcement officers on how to deal with the specific challenges presented by gang cases and investigations.
The team also works closely with law enforcement to track known gang members through the criminal justice system. Intelligence about gang activity helps prosecutors gain a better understanding of the effect gangs have on our community and bring gang offenders to justice.
The Special Victims Prosecution Team prosecutes highly sensitive cases such as child physical and sexual abuse, child abuse homicide, child kidnapping, child pornography, and sexual assault against adults.
Prosecutors on this team work closely with our professional team of counselors and receive special training that helps them handle the unique circumstances surrounding these types of cases.
In addition to its regular prosecution teams, the Criminal Division also has a number of specialty teams, including:
When restitution has been ordered as a part of sentencing, the Restitution Team will track those offenders to ensure their financial obligations to victims are being met. Violations of restitution orders are identified and pursued through legal resources such as orders to show cause and probation violation reports.
The Restitution Team is committed to working closely with Adult Probation & Parole (AP&P) and other criminal justice professionals to monitor offenders’ compliance with restitution orders.