2021

Can Felony Charges Be Dropped?

If you end up being charged with a felony, you will face serious consequences if convicted. These consequences can include a fine, prison time, and any other sanctions allowed by state or federal law. But, there is no guarantee that you'll actually be convicted of these charges that the government believes you have committed. There Is Always a Chance If there is not enough evidence to obtain a...

Your Rights Behind Bars

Incarcerated inmates are often treated like second-class citizens in the United States of America. If an individual is convicted of a crime, they will need to pay with time served in a correctional facility. Sadly, this mentality leads to inmates being violated of their rights, and even though they are inmates, they have certain guaranteed rights under the law. Everyone should be aware of these rights, as...

The Way of the Future: Digital Driver’s Licenses

The State of Utah began requiring driver’s licenses in 1933.  Since that time, the look of driver’s licenses has changed been added to, and improved upon.  However, there have not been significant innovations to a driver’s license.  As of 2022 that is about to change as by using an app created by the GET Group, citizens of Utah can share or show their driver’s license digitally from their...

Status of Courts with the Lifting of Covid Restrictions

Nearly everyone I know is so grateful Covid-19 restrictions are starting to lift.  I know I am certainly ready for life to get back to some semblance of normal.  I personally, am a people person and enjoy social activities and interactions.  Now that COVID-19 restrictions are being removed, how does this impact how cases are handled in the courts?  Are hearings in person?  Is the backlog we were...

Laws on Shooting Trespassers

Having your home broken into and robbery are every homeowner's nightmares. It is your right to feel safe and secure in your own home, but the question is, can you use deadly force any time you experience an invasion? If you're not extremely careful, you could be the one to end up needing a criminal defense lawyer. To help you navigate through the complexities of self-defense against trespassers, here's a...

Misdemeanors, Felonies and Infractions

A bad decision could follow you for the rest of your life.  Perhaps your decision left you facing a criminal charge, felony or misdemeanor, or an infraction. Did you know a mark on your record could impact your obtaining employment in the future, child visitation, insurance rates, impact student loans, and background authorizations, including a passport?   Don't let one bad decision escalate and become...

Digital Evidence: Important or Relevant?

In our current times, so many things are digital.  We no longer rely solely on hard paper copies, photographs, or even signatures.  This certainly includes digital evidence relating to your case.  Digital evidence is evidence that is stored or transmitted in a binary form.  It may be obtained through multiple sources including computers, digital cameras, video recordings, or cell phones.  It may also...

What Should I do if I am Stopped on Suspicion of DUI/DWI?

Maybe you had a family party and had a beer or two and you’re driving back home. You find that you swerved slightly because you look at a text from your wife to see if you’re on your way back yet. Next thing you know you’re being pulled over by an officer. As he starts talking you can sense he’s meaning to charge with DUI or DWI. What do you do next? The last thing you want to do is deal with DUI...

Water Restrictions, Yard Maintenance and Criminal Infractions?

This past winter we definitely did not see as much snowpack as we had hoped.  Given that, it is highly probable that Utah will experience drought conditions this summer.  In fact, Governor Cox has stated that about 90% of the State is experiencing extreme drought conditions.  When that happens water restrictions can go into effect by executive order.    This poses the question, even though it is your...

Do you Have to Present your ID in Utah?

When do you have to show I.D. to the police? There are two different ways a police officer may want to ask you to show your I.D. The first way is when you are driving and you are lawfully pulled over. According to the H.B. 497 Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act, you are legally obligated to show your driver's license to any police officer. If you refuse, chances are you will end up being arrested...

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