February 2019

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...

Charged with Marijuana Possession in Utah

Utah is in an exciting place. We are a generally conservative state, with a strong religious presence. Like Colorado, California, and Nevada, our surrounding neighbors seem to have a different way of life. All three of these states have enormously changed their marijuana laws, allowing for recreational use. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 controlled substance and is illegal to possess, baring a legitimate...

Mistakes to Avoid After a DWI Arrest

Utah is one state that is notorious for taking DWI, DUI, or driving under the influence charges seriously. We are a state that is known for harsh punishments for these crimes. Local lawmakers have made their stance known by passing a new, lower blood alcohol content standard. This new measure of 0.05 gives Utah the lowest threshold in the nation. If you have been charged with a DUI, it is a serious crime...

Employer Criminal Background Check

Many people report that it is difficult to get their life back on track once they leave jail or prison. There seems to be a stigma against those who have paid their debt to society by serving their time. It is asserted that it is not fair that they have a difficult time finding employment. Regardless of how you feel about convicted and released individuals, one thing is sure: they are everywhere. According...

Self-Defense vs. Assault

In Utah, you are allowed to protect yourself and your family by physical means. However, the difference between assaults may not always be as transparent as simply saying, “it was in self-defense.” Regardless of how justifiable your actions may seem, police can impose an assault charge based on their discretion. It comes down to what the law deems as “reasonable” in your response to violence or...

Why do Innocent People Plead Guilty?

The idea behind our criminal justice system is truly something we as a society should value. The person who committed a crime is found guilty through a jury of their peers. After which that person is punished to rehabilitate them to be later included back in society. The assumption here is that only the truly guilty are justly found so. However, every year someone is exonerated of a crime they did not...

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