April 2019

What are the marijuana possession charges in Utah?

It may come as no surprise that Utah was one of the first states to outlaw marijuana. The criminalization of this substance happened clear back in 1915. As of this article's writing, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in Utah. Citizens who favor legalization for either medicinal or recreational use can find themselves in a frustrating place. In many ways, the societal views of...

Domestic Violence and its Consequences

There are countless facets of domestic violence. Many people are aware of the physical nature of these crimes. This includes hitting, biting, slapping, pinching, pushing, and other forms of violent damage towards someone. Typically domestic violence between a cohabitant, family member, or relationship partner. It is usually categorized as a single instance or pattern of abusive behavior. Domestic violence...

Domestic Violence: What If You Are the Abusive Spouse?

Criminal cases like domestic violence in Utah between spouses can be riddled with different versions of what happened. These situations lead to common instances of the defendant, thinking they are innocent of the crime. But what if you have been charged, and may have it wrong? What if you are an abusive spouse? This article is designed not to condemn defendants; after all, you are only guilty when proven...

Understanding Assault in Utah

Several assault charges can be imposed in Utah. These charges range from a Class B Misdemeanor up to a 3rd Degree Felony. Before we get in too deep about the various assault levels, let’s discuss the difference between assault and battery. Assault vs. Battery in Utah The main difference between these two crimes comes down to a threat instead of an actual violent act. Traditionally someone could be...

Understanding Homicide Charges in Utah

Being charged with killing another human being is typically the most serious crime a person can be charged with. If convicted, a defendant can face a life-long prison sentence or even the death penalty. People who are charged must get a top-notch defense attorney on their side. "Criminal homicide" is the legal term used when one person's actions result in another's death. There are eight different...

What are the most common white collar crimes?

Utah County is an exciting place when you compare it to other Utah areas, let alone the nation. It is not a particularly diverse area; most of its residents are white and belong to the same religious belief system. Interestingly violent crimes are infrequent when you compare them to other metropolitan areas. On the other hand, prescription drug abuse and white-collar crimes are higher than normal levels....

My License has been Suspended, what Happens if I am Caught Driving?

The penalties for driving with a suspended license in Salt Lake City can be quite severe, including fines, jail time, and further suspension of your license. Punishments can depend on why your license was suspended in the first place, and how many times you have committed this offense. In any DUR situation, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help minimize your punishment. For specifics to your...

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