2019

Understanding internet and computer cyber crimes

Computers, tablets, and smartphones have become such a substantial part of our lives that it is hard to spend a day without interacting with these devices in one way or another. Internet and cybercrimes have been on the rise since the early 2000s when having a home computer hooked up to the internet was typical for more people. In this article, we want to address several cyber-crimes that have become more...

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...

Can I take edibles I bought out of state back to Utah?

The simple answer is no. But if you question the legality of marijuana in Utah, that doesn’t mean that it is a silly question to ask. Right now is a semi-difficult time for advocates of medical marijuana and user of the substance recreationally. The laws, regulations, and general view of the matter by the public are rapidly changing. The beehive state is in a unique position because lawmakers have always...

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...

Can the Police Break Down My Door?

Let’s say the police are banging on your door, demanding to come inside. What can you do? What are your rights as a citizen? Do you have to let the police in? Does the law have the right to break down your door? These are all critical questions, and the answers depend on a variety of factors. It is important to remember that your home is supposed to be your most protected place. It is meant to be where...

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...

Can you send edibles in the mail?

With marijuana laws the way they are today, it can be confusing as to what is legal and what is not legal in Utah. To answer the question above, you should never send any illegal substance by mail, which includes sending out edibles to Utah or throughout any state lines. No matter where you are from or where you are shipping to, the USPS and all private posts are government-controlled and managed...

Should I stand and testify at my trial?

Before we start, we want to remind everyone that every case is unique. The recommendations of your attorney should be highly considered regardless of what you have heard or read online. If you have been detained and charged with a crime, you have many important choices to make as you progress through the criminal justice system. Among one of the most important of those decisions is whether to take your...

Criminal Weapons Offenses in Utah

Utah is relatively loose with its gun property legislations. In an initiative to safeguard your 2nd Amendment rights, it is lawful for many Utahans to bring a weapon; however, an authorization may be required to lug a hidden weapon. Still, Utah law does restrict that can have a gun, whether it might be filled or otherwise, and where weapons might be possessed. Some weapon possession criminal offenses...

The Different Levels of Sexual Offenders in Utah

If you are convicted of any sex offenses in Utah, you will be required to register as a sex offender. The restrictions that apply to you depend on your level of offense risk. To determine which level you will be assigned to, an agency administers an assessment. Said assessment is used to evaluate your risk across 19 areas; with the score provided, you will be assigned a sex offender level. Are you facing...

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