Criminal Defense Blogs

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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