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  • Protect Your Career Against Criminal Charges   Licensed professionals face distinctive challenges when they are charged with crimes, due to the fact that many criminal offenses can expose the person to serious professional consequences in proceedings independent of the criminal prosecution. In many situations, an otherwise sound criminal defense strategy could have unintended adverse [...]

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    Hours after being released from jail a man from Payson, Utah crashed his own plane into his own home. Duane Youd, 47 had been arrested for domestic violence against his wife Sunday night. He was released on bail early Monday morning and returned home to get some things. An hour later he crashed his Cessna 525 Citation Jet into his home. His wife and son were in the home at the time.  [...]

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    Utah legislative representatives, prosecuting attorneys, and state officials are pushing for probation and parole reform. The main goal is to cut down on the number of adults in Utah who are on probation and parole and to lower state spending.   According to the Deseret News: "We have a problem of mass incarceration," said Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, a Democrat. [...]

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    Child abuse is a serious problem in our nation. According to the Administration for Children and Families for the Department of Health and Human Services, in 2015, 2.98 million children in the U.S. were subjected to an investigation by Child Protective Services or another similar state department for allegations of child neglect or abuse. Twenty percent of the allegations that CPS investigated [...]

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    Those who have been arrested for or accused of domestic violence in Utah may be served with a protection order. This is a court order that must be requested by the alleged victim or petitioner in a domestic violence case. There are two types of protection orders in Utah. The first is a temporary protective order. This is issued if a judge believes that someone requires protection immediately. It[...]

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    Those who are facing allegations of domestic violence need to be aware how serious the charges really are. This is one of those charges where the people closest to the defendant judge him or her to be guilty before the case even goes to court. These charges can be difficult to defend, but here are five possible defenses to domestic violence charges. 1. Consent. This is one of the rarest used, [...]

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    Each state has its own statutes that deal with assault. In Utah, that statute -- 76-5-102 -- explains the elements of the crime of assault, as well as the possible penalties. Assault is defined as: -- A threat to do immediate, bodily injury to someone that also has a show of force, or; -- An attempt to inflict bodily injury on someone, with unlawful violence or force, or; -- An act of [...]

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    Domestic violence charges in Utah are very serious, especially for those who already have a conviction for a domestic violence-related charge on their criminal records. Utah has enhanced offenses and penalties for those who are charged with domestic violence within five years after a conviction for a domestic violence charge. While this may seem a bit confusing, here's an example: Four years [...]

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    Protective Orders are governed by the Cohabitant Abuse Act under Utah Code Annotated section 78B-7-101 et seq., UCCP 77-36-1.1, and UCC 76-5-108. Any victim of past or potential future violence or abuse by a current or past "co-habitant" may request a protective order from the district court. "Co-habitant" really means that you have either lived with that person or that you are related by [...]

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