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...

Speeding Tickets – More Impact Than You Think

Nearly everyone has been guilty of driving over the speed limit at one time or another. Consequently, you would assume that a speeding ticket comes with little to no consequences except for a fine and a minor mark on driving record. While this assumption does hold some truth, speeding tickets can have a lot more impact than you think they would.  Did you know that a speeding ticket could cause your...

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I am sure you have all heard of the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, 2020, at 87 years of age. I do not wish to expound on the political controversies surrounding Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. Instead, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the beauty and positive influences she left on the world. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

Don’t Drink and Drive in Utah

As I am sure you already know, Utah changed its driving under the influence laws to be impaired at 0.05% rather than 0.08%, which is what it used to be.  But do you know the penalties in Utah for driving under the influence?  According to www.sltrib.com first-timers in Utah, the maximum penalty is a fine of $1,370 and a three-month license suspension.  The statute also states a minimum of 48 hours of...

What is Reckless Driving in Utah?

Most people know and understand that a DUI charge is a severe crime in Utah. It may come as a surprise that reckless driving is a Class B Misdemeanor, which is the same level of offense. This means that you may need legal representation if you have been charged or arrested for reckless driving. Below is a brief write-up about what constitutes reckless driving and the potential punishments that can...

What Could Happen Legally if you get in a Bar Fight?

If you frequent local bars enough in Utah, chances are you may witness a bar fight. When alcohol is involved in the simplest things, misunderstandings can lead to a full-blown physical altercation. This can happen between strangers, or sometimes between co-workers, acquaintances, or even friends. Sometimes these fights end in just a few punches, and security or other patrons can break it up before things...

What Legally Defines a Weapon?

A spoon, a knife, a gun, what do all these things have in common? They can all be used to wound or kill someone. Does this mean that these items (as well as all things that can harm) are weapons? LAWFUL INTERPRETATION OF A WEAPON Under most legislation, a "dangerous weapon" can be described in two categories: A firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or A knife, bludgeon, or any various other weapons,...

Criminal Hearings and the Courts During COVID-19

Did you know the Utah State Court has an informative website where you can find information on civil and criminal cases, self-help forms, contact information for the court, and many other helpful sources? The website if www.utcourts.gov. I recently spent some time on this website to look closer at how the courts handle criminal procedures in light of COVID-19. When going to the website and inquiring about...

Have you been Arrested for a DUI During COVID?

We wondered what would happen if someone got arrested for a DUI in Utah during the COVID-19 emergency. With courts shutting down, it may be scary to be arrested and find yourself in jail indefinitely. It may be scary to think if you may be exposed to coronavirus while residing in your cell for so long. There is not much information out there, and the courts are nearly impossible to reach at this time. The...

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