What are one's rights if stopped by police in Utah?

What Are My Rights If Stopped by Police in Utah

An encounter with the police can be intimidating, even if you have done nothing wrong. Fortunately, the Constitution provides basic legal protections when people are stopped by police. However, the laws that govern interactions with police officers h… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Can Prior Convictions for Similar Crimes Be Used Against You?

Can Prior Convictions for Similar Crimes Be Used Against You?

If you were charged with a crime and have prior convictions, your criminal record could affect the outcome of your new criminal case. Whether evidence of prior convictions is admissible depends on whether the evidence is being offered at trial or at… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Misdemeanor vs Felony Explained.

Misdemeanor vs Felony Explained

Criminal charges in Utah are categorized as felonies or misdemeanors. Felony crimes are more serious. They carry longer prison sentences and higher fines. If you have been charged with a crime, regardless of whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, h… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Defenses to shoplifting charges.

Defenses to Shoplifting Charges

Shoplifting, known as “retail theft” under Utah statutes, is defined generally as taking an item without paying for it or intentionally paying less than the retail price. When confronted with shoplifting charges, many people believe the prosecuto… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense, Theft
A man who is unaware of what to expect during his first probation violation.

What Happens If You Violate Probation For The First Time

If you have been charged with a crime, especially if this is your first criminal offense, there is a high likelihood you will be placed on probation. Probation is a criminal sentence that can be served instead of going to jail. If you were placed on… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
A criminal defense attorney presenting a motion to suppress evidence.

What Is a Motion to Suppress Evidence?

Many criminal cases are won or lost before the defendant even sets foot in a courtroom. To prove a defendant guilty, the prosecution must present evidence that demonstrates, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant committed the crime they are a… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Two attorneys discussing the top defenses to assault charges to their client.

Top 5 Defenses to Assault Charges

Assault charges cover a wide range of conduct, from using your hands, feet, and fists in a fight to using weapons like guns, knives, or blunt objects. Regardless of the circumstances of your situation, assault charges are serious, and a conviction ca… Read More
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The act of a controlled substance deal.

Facing Controlled Substance Charges In Utah

Being charged with a drug offense can have a lasting impact on your life, career, and familial relations. That’s why if you are facing controlled substance charges in Utah, you need to understand the nature of the charges and the potential pena… Read More
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Categories: Drug Offenses
Assault charges on a legal book with a gavel.

Consequences of Assault Charges

Assault charges involve intentional acts that place another person in fear of immediate harm or cause harm to another person. Assault is the crime of threatening another person with bodily harm. You could be charged with assault even if you did not m… Read More
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Categories: Assault
Domestic violence defense law on a wooden table.

Domestic Violence Defense Options

Domestic violence charges are serious. A conviction could have lifelong consequences, including fines, jail time, and a profound impact on your family and your life. Sometimes, allegations of domestic violence are the result of a misunderstanding. Ma… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense