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Articles and Blog Posts From 2015

Pimping And Pandering Are Illegal In Utah

When it comes to sex-related crimes, some people think about actions that involve having sex with an unwilling person, such as rape. While those types of sex crimes are some of the most common, there is another type of sex crime that a person might face that involves people who are willingly engaging in sexual activities. Those charges are for pimping and pandering. The sex industry, which includes… Read more

Sex Offenders In Utah Face Strict Registration Requirements

Sex offenders in Utah have to abide by a variety of laws when they are out in the community. For registered sex offenders, the restrictions include things that can have a great impact on the daily activities of the sex offender. While all registered sex offenders have restrictions, they are often greater for a person who is convicted of a sex-related crime against a minor. A registered sex offender… Read more

Protecting Your Rights And Building Your Defense

Facing criminal charges of any kind can be a test of your patience; however, it is vital that you think about your actions and words carefully when you are dealing with law enforcement officers and anyone else who has something to do with your case. If you have watched crime dramas or criminal justice reality television, you have probably heard the phrase "you have the right to remain silent." That… Read more

What Are The Laws Pertaining To Cocaine In Utah?

Cocaine-related criminal charges in Utah are felony charges. Even simple possession of cocaine in this state is a felony, which makes it vital for anyone who is accused of a cocaine-related criminal charge to prepare a vigorous defense. How are cocaine charges classified in Utah? Cocaine possession for a first offense is a third-degree felony. Convictions after the first offense are one degree greater.… Read more

What Are The Heroin Laws In Utah?

Heroin is a drug that doesn't have any acceptable medical use. It is a highly addictive drug that can devastate individuals, families and communities. Federal drug regulations list heroin as a Schedule I narcotic. Utah law views heroin possession, sales and trafficking as very serious crimes that carry serious penalties. Are heroin charges felonies or misdemeanors? All charges related to heroin are… Read more

Individual Attention For Criminal Defense Cases In Utah

One of the biggest elements of building a criminal defense is learning about the evidence that the prosecutors have for your case. Some evidence obviously holds more weight than other evidence. If you think about our post last week, you can probably see where evidence gathered through Safe Cam might hold more weight than something that could only be considered as circumstantial. We know that deciding… Read more

Safe Cam Has A Big Impact On Defense Options In Criminal Cases

Prosecutors who are trying cases have the burden of proof, which means they must prove that the defendant committed the crime that led to the charges. There are some cases that might prove difficult for prosecutors to get the proof they need to meet that burden; however, the difficulty might have lessened a bit because of a new program that the Salt Lake City Police are using. The new program allows… Read more

People Convicted Of Sex Crimes And The Sex Offender Registry

When you are facing criminal charges for a sex crime, one of your concerns might revolve around having to register as a sex offender. This is a very serious aspect of sex crimes that can have a considerable impact on your life. Having to register as a sex offender is a serious responsibility that can send you back to prison if you don't comply with the requirements. Registering as a sex offender is… Read more

Can A Selfie Lead To A Child Pornography Charge In Utah?

In an age when social media seems to have become one of the available means of communication, photographs as part of a text message, email or social media upload have become common. Selfies, or pictures one takes of himself or herself, have become increasingly popular. Some of those selfies are racy or contain sexually explicit material. If sexually explicit selfies are of an underage person or sent… Read more

What Are The Utah Laws Regarding Marijuana?

The legality of marijuana is something that seems to be making the headlines almost constantly these days. One of Utah's neighboring states has legalized the drug on a state level; however, marijuana remains illegal on the federal level. Utah isn't one of the states that decriminalized marijuana, so having any amount of it in the state is a crime. Are marijuana charges felonies or misdemeanors? All… Read more