utah

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...

What is Reckless Driving in Utah?

Most people know and understand that a DUI charge is a severe crime in Utah. It may come as a surprise that reckless driving is a Class B Misdemeanor, which is the same level of offense. This means that you may need legal representation if you have been charged or arrested for reckless driving. Below is a brief write-up about what constitutes reckless driving and the potential punishments that can...

What Legally Defines a Weapon?

A spoon, a knife, a gun, what do all these things have in common? They can all be used to wound or kill someone. Does this mean that these items (as well as all things that can harm) are weapons? LAWFUL INTERPRETATION OF A WEAPON Under most legislation, a "dangerous weapon" can be described in two categories: A firearm, whether loaded or unloaded; or A knife, bludgeon, or any various other weapons,...

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...

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...

Ways you could potentially shoplift in Utah

Whenever you think of shoplifting, you may envision a young teenager standing at a store, peeking side-to-side, then slipping something into their pockets. The fact is that shoplifting is an offense committed by people from all walks of life. A congress candidate has recently been accused of shoplifting over 250 items from a Target store. Allegedly, she was caught attempting to leave the store with...

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