Contingency Fee’s & Personal Injury

What are contingency fee agreements? It is often said that you have the right to an attorney, even if you can not afford one. That is true, but per the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution, that is only if you face prison or loss of liberty. This is not true for civil cases. Fortunately, most personal injury attorney’s …

How to avoid large truck accidents

The best way to avoid a large truck accident is to understand what causes them. The harsh reality of dealing with semi-trucks is that they are so dangerous, often times resulting in the death of any passengers in regular vehicles. In an effort to try and do our part to reduce the number of fatal crashes we see on Utah …

Saul Goodman vs. Real Life Attorney

Almost everyone has watched either Breaking Bad or the spin-off series, Better Call Saul. If you are one of these viewers then we are almost certain you are familiar with the character, Saul Goodman. He is a practicing attorney who has been called everything in the books, from a criminal lawyer who thinks like a criminal, to a con artist …

If I get a DUI in Utah do I lose my license?

The short answer is yes, in almost every case if you receive a dui charge in Utah you will lose your license. Nearly every state in the Nation participates in what are called the administrative license suspension laws. Under these laws there are two ways that you can have your license confiscated and suspended. By refusing to take a blood …

What Do I Need to do After an Accident?

The instant after an accident life has a way of moving one thousand miles per hour. It is important that once an accident has happened that you remain calm and keep your wits about you. The first thing you need to do is assess the situation. Make sure that you are safe, and that anyone else involved in the accident …

100 Deadliest Days of Summer

Memorial Day kicks off the summer months, usually bringing a great anticipation of what the lazy summer days ahead will hold. However, Memorial Day also kicks off what is colloquially known as “The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer” – referring to the number of fatal accidents that happen on the roadways. The days between the Memorial and Labor Day holiday …

Texting While Driving

Texting while driving has been in the spotlight off and on for almost the entire existence of texting as a method of communication. Although texting has been around for years, legislation stating how and when one is allowed to text is fairly recent. The first texting ban was enacted by the state of Washington in 2007, and now 39 States including …

Dog Bites

Dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend”, and most of the time, that’s probably true. Despite the proverb, however, dogs can also be the perpetrators of severe injury, mauling, and death. Laws on injuries resulting from dogs have been on the books since the formation of the United States, as remnants from the common law of England. As …

Probation and Parole Violations

Probation and parole, although related concepts, are quite different things. Probation can be part of the sentence given when someone is convicted of a crime; it can be given instead of or in combination with jail time. Parole is only given after someone has served some or most of his/her jail sentence, and even then, it can be an unsure …

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycles are unique in that they function as a method of transportation, a recreational device, and a sporting instrument. They can be used to transport people, animals and goods, and are just as capable of traveling long distances as cars, with the proper preparation. Despite all of these wonderful properties of the bike, however, bicycling can be fraught with danger. …

Public Intoxication

In addition to the various DUI and DWI charges that are often associated with alcohol, there is also the charge of public intoxication, which seems to be a catch-all for those who are under the influence of mind-altering drugs, but not behind the wheel of a vehicle. While you cannot be arrested simply for being drunk in public, the charge …

Slip and Fall

A slip and fall injury seems simple enough upon first thought, but they are actually very complicated. To begin with, a slip and fall injury may not even be a “slip” and fall injury – depending upon what has happened, the accident may actually be technically classed as a slip and fall, a stump and fall, a step and fall, …

Traumatic Brain Injury

Every year, an estimated 1.7 million Americans will suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many of these will be mild, and will require only Tylenol and some low-key, short-term recovery time; others – nearly 52,000 – will be fatal. Like most other types of injuries, there is a range of severity when it comes to traumatic brain injuries – …

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 different consequences within the legal system. Assault is putting another person in fear of bodily harm through threats or attempting to actually …

Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct arrests are a frequent, common occurrence. When it comes to arresting someone for ‘disorderly conduct’, the police have an almost unlimited number of things they can arrest someone for. The actual language of the law states that “a person is guilty of disorderly conduct if: (a) he refuses to comply with the lawful order of the police to move …

Arson Part: 1

Arson is a crime that comes in many different degrees and names. At its most basic level, arson is the act of willfully and intentionally lighting someone else’s (or your own) property or things (perhaps even with a person(s) inside the intended target) on fire, with the desired end result being incineration. Using explosives to destroy property also counts as …

Arson Part: 2

Although arson is typically described in the media as intentionally setting buildings with human beings inside them ablaze, the definition of what qualifies as arson under Utah law is hardly so narrow. Reckless burning and abandoned fire are two other offenses that qualify as arson in the state of Utah. Unlike the other offenses see Arson I, the offenses of …

Auto-Pedestrian Accidents

Although pedestrians accounted for only 1% of persons in crashes in Utah in 2011, they accounted for 13% of the fatalities of vehicular accidents. Across the U.S., the numbers are more dire; the statistics average out to a crash-related pedestrian death every two hours, with a pedestrian injury occurring every 8 minutes. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety …

Burglary

Although often treated as the same thing as theft and robbery, burglary is in truth neither. Burglary is its own offense, and does not need to be accompanied by the others in order to be classed as a crime. Burglary, at its base level, is simply the act of illegally entering a dwelling in order to commit another crime. That …

Juvenile Criminal Defense

Under Utah law, a juvenile is someone who is under the age of 21, and has broken or violated the law – whether the law is local, state or federal in nature – before their eighteenth birthday. Youths who are under the age of fourteen are not responsible for criminal conduct or the violation of laws. When a juvenile commits …

Robbery

As defined by Utah code, title 76, chapter 6, section 301, robbery occurs when someone “unlawfully and intentionally takes or attempts to take personal property in the possession of another from his person, or immediate presence, against his will,  by means of force or fear, and with a purpose or intent to deprive the person permanently or temporarily of the …

Construction Site Accidents

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places that a person can be. There are multiple dangers almost constantly present at such a site, including electric shocks, things falling from heights and power tools/equipment. For those who work at a construction site day in and day out, the consequences of a work-related injury can be devastating. Most construction site …

Spinal Cord Injuries

There are approximately 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries occurring in the U.S. each year. Each of these injuries is unique in circumstance and situation, but all of them are debilitating, though some are more severe than others. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC) reports that 36.5% of all spinal cord injuries come because of a vehicular …

Trucking Accidents

Many people assume that automobile and truck accident attorneys are the same thing, because both of these cases deal with the same type of accident, but this is not the case at all. Crashes involving semi-trucks and other large trucks – big rigs, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers, as they are also known as – are a completely different ballgame than …