January 2019

Have you Been Charged with Probation or Parole Violations?

It may be helpful to some to explain the basic difference between probation and parole. Essentially they are the same thing, with the largest difference being when they occur. Probation is usually put in place before and en lieu of jail time. In contrast, parole is time reduced from your jail or prison sentence, typically for good behavior reasons. During these times, you are free to live a normal life...

Weapon Crimes in Utah: A Quick 101

When it comes to breaking the law, adding a weapon into the equation usually escalates the situation. In general, residents of Utah enjoy a good reputation for responsible gun ownership. This is enforced by strict gun and weapon laws that dictate what’s allowed, and the punishments if these rules are broken. Whenever someone is charged with a weapons offense, it can lead to extreme consequences. This is...

Understanding Sexual Solicitation Crime

We live in a day and age where a lot of sex trafficking or prostitution begins online. If you walk down certain neighborhoods at certain times, you are likely to see a street worker offering sex. However, most interactions start online and then progress to an in-person meeting. When two people agree to exchange sexual favors for money or some other kind of favor, it is against Utah law. Officers will...

Petty Theft vs. Grand Theft vs. Shoplifting

Most people dismiss petty theft and shoplifting because they believe they are petty crimes because, by definition, it means to take something with a relatively small value. But, these crimes still have very significant consequences. Petty theft Petty theft is the criminal act of taking something that’s valued is equal to or less than a specific dollar amount, where the item’s value is less than the...

A Look at Prescription Drug Charges in Utah

Utah has a culture that is unique from other states. From the perspective of outsiders, we live clean, healthy, and overall sober lifestyles. This is perhaps due to more than any other reason for many religious residents who live in Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah County. It is rare to have many such people living together in the United States, sharing a similar ideology. Despite our relatively family-friendly...

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