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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...

How a Domestic Violence Lawyer Can Help You

You may be asking yourself, “why do I need a defense attorney for my domestic violence charge?” The answer is multifaceted, just as the laws that determine what exactly constitutes domestic violence. In Utah, these laws are broad and cover a wide range of activities and relationships. It is not always as straight forward as one spouse physically attacking another. The law covers crimes, even...

I am not a Resident, but Got Charged with a Crime in Utah

Utah is an extensively explored state and traveled to the vacation destination. Individuals come from all over the globe for our winter sports and cultural destination. Most of the time, people do not travel to Utah with the intention of committing a crime, then go back to their home state. A non-resident's criminal offense, unless it is an outstanding instance, will almost certainly be treated under Utah...

Basic Assault Charges can lead to Complex Legal Issues in Utah

Assault charges can arise from sometimes murky and confusing situations. When people hear of assault charges, they typically think someone attacked another person. Situations like a fight, argument, misunderstanding, or even an accident can lead to an arrest for assault. You might be shocked to find that you are currently dealing with similar charges, even if you felt completely justified in your actions....

Your Misdemeanor Case Matters – Juvenile Cases Matter Too

I was reminded this week how the impact of hiring an attorney could last long after a jury has reached a verdict, a settlement has been made, or a case has been dismissed. Many attorneys focus on the "big" cases – serious felonies, federal charges, large civil suits – they forget how important a "little" case can be. My practice consists of both big and little cases, and I like it that way. I love...

What are the Different Kinds of Pleas I can make?

There are essentially three types of pleas that can be made in a criminal case. This includes guilty, not guilty, or no contest. This article takes a brief look at each plea and the potential ramifications thereof. Guilty When a person pleads guilty, they admit to and accept the charges placed against them. Usually, an SLC criminal defense attorney would not advise their client to plead guilty. There...

Intoxication Charges in Utah

The term “public intoxication” is somewhat antiquated. That is because the nature of this charge is not exclusively dependent upon being in a public place. A person can be charged with intoxication in either a public or private residence. In public, an individual can be charged if they are intoxicated enough to pose a risk to themselves or others. In private, the same can happen should the person be in...

What is considered reckless driving?

December has already brought Northern Utah a few intense snowstorms. As is unfortunately typical, we saw a massive increase in traffic accidents during the first storm. On December 2, 2018, Utah Highway Patrol reported over 200 collisions in Utah, 70 of which occurred on I-15 alone. We wanted to write a brief article for a few reasons—the first to put forth a friendly reminder that we all need to slow...

Public Intoxication

In addition to the various DUI and DWI charges that are often associated with alcohol, there is also the charge of public intoxication, which seems to be a catch-all for those under the influence of mind-altering drugs, but not behind the wheel of a vehicle. While you cannot be arrested simply for being drunk in public, the charge of public intoxication can sometimes turn into just that. Utah laws and...

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