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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

Police Misconduct Might Affect Criminal Defense Options

With all of the news stories that have been covered on the news regarding police misconduct, some people might be wondering exactly what constitutes actual police misconduct. It might surprise some people to learn that police officers have considerable leeway when trying to decide how to react to situations. One of the laws that people use to demonstrate police misconduct is the Fourth Amendment.… Read more

Can Juvenile Records Be Expunged?

When a young person goes through the juvenile justice system, there is often a question about whether the file can be expunged. Many parents want to know the answer to this question because of the effects that a juvenile justice record can have on the child's future. What does expungement do? An expungement seals the records of the juvenile. It doesn't do away with the record. Instead, it means that… Read more

Teen Faces Murder Charge, Possible Juvenile Waiver In Progress

The recent case of a 15-year-old boy who is accused of killing a 12-year-old girl has shaken many of the residents of Salt Lake County. It is alleged that the teen boy lured the girl out of her home with a story about a missing cat. It is alleged that around midnight, the boy knocked on the girl's door asking for help to find the cat. The girl's older sister refused to help the boy, but the 12-year-old… Read more

Compassionate Help, Aggressive Defense In Criminal Defense Cases

Last week, we discussed some of the important information that people should know about the Fourth Amendment and how it pertains to warrants. That isn't the only amendment that pertains to criminal justice cases. The Sixth Amendment is another amendment that gives people facing criminal charges specific rights. We know that learning you are facing criminal charges is a difficult situation to… Read more

What Does The Fourth Amendment Say About Warrants?

We have covered a variety of criminal justice matters on this blog. One question that many of readers might have pertains to the Fourth Amendment rights of people who are facing criminal charges or are being investigated for criminal charges. Understanding some of the basics of the Fourth Amendment can help you just in case you have to interact with law enforcement officers who are acting in a legal… Read more

2008 Rape Kit Found, Man Faces Several Sex-Related Charges

Facing criminal charges for sex-related crimes is something that most people try to avoid. For one man, an incident that occurred in 2008 is coming back to haunt his life now after a Code R kit was found in a storage refrigerator at Primary Children's Hospital. That rape kit was found by a nurse last fall and given over to investigators. The rape kit allegedly ties a 46-year-old man to the crimes.… Read more

Statutory Rape Elements Vary From Other Sex-Related Charges

Last week, we discussed kidnapping and how that crime is sometimes linked to other crimes. In some cases, kidnapping might occur in conjunction with a statutory rape case. Statutory rape occurs when a person has sexual intercourse with a person who is under the legal age of consent. Statutory rape charges vary from rape charges because statutory rape doesn't require that physical force be present.… Read more

Kidnapping Charges Are Often Related To Other Crimes

We have discussed a variety of criminal charges on this blog. One that we haven't discussed is kidnapping. In some cases, kidnapping is a charge that someone faces in connection with other crimes, such as sex-related crimes. A while back, we discussed the case of the man who held a woman against her will for the purpose of raping her. That could have been considered kidnapping. Generally, kidnapping… Read more

Sex-Related Charges Involving Minors Require Immediate Action

Any sex-related crime against a child is serious. Society as a whole looks down on people who are convicted of these types of crimes. Think about all the stories of adults molesting children or being in possession of child pornography and it is easy to see the negative association with these charges. We know that for people who are facing sex-related charges involving children don't want to… Read more