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...

Violating Probation

Probation is a suspension of a criminal sentence that allows someone convicted of a crime to settle their debt to society without actually serving jail time. While on probation, you might not realize that some of the things you do daily could violate your probation. You may think it’s a minor violation, but it could end up costing you. While specific terms are set on a case by case basis, some standard...

Evading The Police Charges In Utah

If a police officer is pulling you over or if you see flashing lights, it's for the best if you comply with all requests for interaction. The majority of people do just that, but now and then, there's someone who decides to make their situation worse by trying to run away in hopes of getting away with it. However, they will get caught eventually, and they will be facing their original charge. They will...

How Does Visitation for Inmates Work with COVID-19

Like all other individuals, inmates of the Utah Jail have been impacted by COVID-19. What can you do if you have a loved one or a family member who has been incarcerated? According to CNN, of the 2.3 million incarcerated people in the U.S., about 165,000 are over the age of 55. People in prison and jail are also more at risk. As such, the Department of Corrections has temporarily suspended all visitation...

What is Grand Theft Auto in Utah?

The term “grand theft auto” or GTA has become widely known for the last decade. Primarily because of the popular video games series from Rockstar Games. But this term is not just a video game; it is a serious crime that has enormous impacts on those charged with the crime. Essentially grand theft auto can be defined as the intentional and illegal taking of someone’s car or vehicle. This penalty for...

Operating a boat in Utah under the influence

Many states have separate statues that address the laws and punishments for operating either a boat or an off-road vehicle while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. These crimes are often referred to as a BUI as opposed to the more commonly known DUI charge. Utah does not have separate BUI laws in the books. Instead, boating and off-roading violations are handled under Utah’s DUI legislation. As...

How juvenile crimes can follow you forever

Some people think that just because a person is young, they cannot find themselves in real trouble. The reality of the situation is that children and minors can often make mistakes that can affect their adult lives. The juvenile justice system is ideally created to help minors learn from their mistakes and change course before going down the wrong path as adults. This means that the court is likely to...

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...

Is Emotional Abuse A Crime In Utah?

Unfortunately, the answer is not as clear-cut as the question. Although courts, laws, and the legal system itself are doing a better job of acknowledging emotional abuse to prevent it. Emotional abuse is a subset of psychological abuse and can also be referred to as “mental abuse” or even “psychological violence.” It can be roughly defined as subjecting or exposing someone to behavior that can...

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