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...

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Talk to Police without an Attorney

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents any person from being forced to be a witness against themselves in a criminal case. We've all heard it before, "You have the right to remain silent." It's a fact. However, you will need to provide your name. You do not have to answer questions as to where you came from, where you're going, what you're doing, where you live, or even whether...

Immigration and Criminal Charges

Getting arrested can have harsh consequences for anyone, but it’s especially hard on those immigrants going through the naturalization process in the U.S.A. While they could remain physically present in the country, their citizenship application will no longer be relevant or valid. If they are arrested, they will be treated as undocumented and therefore run the risk of being deported. While it is always...

Does Covid 19 Pose a Threat to a Fair Trial?

Everyone knows the saying innocent until proven guilty. To be proven guilty, the trial should be a fair and honest one. This truth is the backbone of the sixth amendment. However, COVID 19 and the pandemic that has come with it seem to be threatening these trials' validity, which can leave the defendant at risk. Allow us to explain how covid could affect your right to due process.  Going to Court During...

COVID’s Effect on Domestic Violence

COVID's Effect on Domestic Violence  One of the most common themes that the experts keep touching on when talking about Covid-19 is "stay home, stay safe." While this may be true for most, this virus has brought many new stressors along with some unexpected risks for those in un-safe relationships. According to experts, this pandemic has increased the need for crisis intervention, shelter, and counseling...

Utah’s Laws on Exotic Animals

While going about my daily chores, I had the news going in the background. Half listening, a highlighted story sparked my interest. This specific story involved criminal charges against a Holladay man for having roughly 20 Burmese Python snakes in his possession. This individual sold a baby Burmese Python to an undercover officer. A search warrant was issued for his residence, where officers found 20...

Justice Court vs. District Court

Do you know that Utah has different courts for varying types and severity of cases? More specifically, Utah has Juvenile Courts, Justice Courts; District Courts; Court of Appeals; and the Utah Supreme Court. The two courts I would like to focus on are the Justice Courts and District Courts and what differs between the two regarding the types of criminal cases they hear. Circumstances are considered illegal...

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