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Common Types of Cybercrimes

Common Types of Cybercrimes Technology is rapidly advancing and as our society is becoming more integrated with the internet, the rate of cybercrimes is increasing dramatically. To stay protected as much as possible, below are some of the most common types of cybercrimes.  Fraud Online scams are a newer type of fraud, but we have all experienced them at some point. You anonymously receive an email or...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Key facts that could determine the outcome of your Utah criminal case

Have you ever heard the phrase, “guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?” In a criminal case, this is essentially talking about the standard of evidence necessary for prosecutors to obtain a guilty conviction. When a defendant’s freedom is at stake, all the facts must be addressed. This could be the difference between someone going to jail or prison, charges being dismissed, or someone being wrongfully...

What Happens at a Criminal Trial?

This article is meant to act as a basic guide of the criminal trial system. If you have been charged with a crime in Utah, you probably have many questions about what to expect, should your case go to trial. The main steps in processing a criminal case: An arrest has been made. This could be made at the scene of a crime, or as the result of an investigation. Police and detectives will hold a criminal...

Critical Mistakes to Avoid After you Have Been Charged with a Crime

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, there are important things that can be done. These items are not just steps to be taken, but something to avoid as well. These mistakes can pose significant issues in your defense and make it more challenging to get a favorable outcome on your case. Items to avoid after being charged with a crime Being arrested again for another crime. If you or a...

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