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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...

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Talk to Police without an Attorney

The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents any person from being forced to be a witness against themselves in a criminal case. We've all heard it before, "You have the right to remain silent." It's a fact. However, you will need to provide your name. You do not have to answer questions as to where you came from, where you're going, what you're doing, where you live, or even whether...

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...

Four Reasons Why You Should Not Represent Yourself In A Criminal Case

Anyone has the right to represent themselves in the court of law under the Sixth Amendment; however, this is not always a good idea. The United States justice system was created around the principle that any person has to be proven guilty under a court of law, rather than in public opinion. Under the Sixth Amendment, Cornell University Law School points out that people have the right to act as their legal...

How Much Does a Criminal Defense Attorney Cost in Utah?

One of the largest questions people have is, "how much will it cost to work with a criminal defense lawyer in Salt Lake City?" The fact of the matter is that legal costs vary too widely from one attorney to another to answer this question directly. That being said, several things can affect the overall cost of your case. We hope that you will be in a better place after you read this article to understand...

How to find the Best DUI Attorney

By now, there is a reasonably good chance that you are aware of how severe Utah takes driving under the influence offenses. If you're charged with a DUI violation, it is probably in your best interest to work with a criminal defense law firm. But that is not always enough; when the stakes are high, you want the best DUI attorney you can find. This article will help you learn the steps you can use to...

Assault and Battery

Because the two are so frequently lumped together in speech, and often occur together in action, assault and battery are often treated as one idea or charge. However, assault is something different from battery, and each one has other consequences within the legal system. Assault is putting another person in fear of bodily harm through threats or attempting to do bodily injury to another person. No...

Arson Part: 2

Although arson is typically described in the media as intentionally setting buildings with human beings inside them ablaze, the definition of arson under Utah law is hardly so narrow. Reckless burning and abandoned fire are two other offenses that are eligible as arson in Utah. Unlike the other crimes, see Arson I, the offenses of reckless burning and abandoned fire cannot be charged as felonies, but they...

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