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  • Four University of Utah Students were caught vandalizing the cougar statue at Brigham Young University the morning of September 9th the same day as the Ute - Cougar rivalry Football game also known as the "Holy War". The students had spray painted two red "U" logos on the cougar along with a white smiley face. The suspects were two males ages 18, and 20 and two females ages 18 and 19. The [...]

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    There are a number of ridiculous laws in Utah that are considered Class B Misdemeanors and could possibly cost you six months in Jail. A Utah lawmaker is currently reviewing these laws and working on lowering the penalties for breaking these laws. The lawmaker leading this charge is Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City. “Something like holding a raccoon, up to six months in jail,” [...]

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    There are several DUI cases that are being reviewed in Colorado that involve false readings from an Intoxilyzer-9000, the breathalyzer machine that Colorado law enforcement use to perform breath tests on would be DUI convictions. Intoxilyzer-9000s are are not accurate from time to time, but their reports are often used as the main piece of evidence in the prosecutors case. There have been [...]

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    Being charged with a criminal offense related to arson does not mean that your life has to be over. In fact, with the right representation, you can present a strong case in your own favor at a criminal trial, increasing the odds of a favorable outcome. A set of experienced attorneys can help you understand more about the arson-related criminal charges that you are facing, allowing you to make the [...]

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    Drug possession convictions can result in serious consequences that can harm the rest of your life. Many charges stem from the police finding illegal drugs on you or in your home or vehicle. Drug cases are taken seriously by local and federal agencies, and sometimes the push to combat drug crimes results in your rights being violated in the process. You have rights when it comes to police [...]

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    Virtually anyone can get accused of a theft crime. Indeed, simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time could get you in trouble with the law, even if you are innocent. Also, being present with a friend at the same time he or she decides to steal something from a department store could get you accused of being an accomplice to a robbery, and that is not a good position to be in. [...]

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    Law enforcement officials have to respect certain aspects of personal privacy. The issue of intrusions into a person's home, personal effects or person is covered under the Fourth Amendment. This amendment sets forth some very pointed instructions about the issue of search and seizure. When law enforcement officers don't follow the Fourth Amendment guidelines, the defendant might be able to use[...]

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    When a juvenile is charged with a crime, there is likely a lot the parents need information on. Protecting your child is your first priority. A criminal charge can have a significant impact on his or her future. One way to ensure that your child has a chance to avoid such problems is by retaining an attorney experienced in juvenile crimes. There is nothing more traumatic than having your son and [...]

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    In Utah, the Sentence and Release Guidelines are used by judges to determine what sentence someone convicted of a crime may receive. These guidelines are published in an appendix in Utah Court Rules Annotated and include mitigating and aggravating factors. Aggravating factors are things that can make sentencing harsher for those convicted of a crime. These factors might include:   -- [...]

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    For those who have been charged with a crime in Utah, some of the legalese may seem a bit confusing. At Greg S. Law, we strive to make sure that our clients understand each part of the criminal defense process, including all the terms that might be used. One such phrase is "plea in abeyance." This is nothing more than a traditional plea agreement. A plea agreement is an agreement between the [...]

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