What Can You Do When a Loved One is Arrested

There are probably few things more stressful than watching your loved one get arrested or hearing about it after the fact. Here are the first few steps you can take if this is what you are facing.   Step 1: Stay calm and try to find out the most important facts.   Most likely you are dealing with many difficult emotions. Try your […]

The Right To Free Speech And Michelle Carter

Michelle Carter The Manslaughterer, or “How I Was Convicted Of A Felony For Saying Words” Recently, a young woman named Michelle Carter was found guilty of manslaughter for texting her boyfriend to carry out his suicide plans. The text messages are difficult to read and are emotionally confusing. In some instances, Ms. Carter is urging […]

Thoughts On A Preliminary Hearing

I recently had the opportunity to do a preliminary hearing for a woman who was charged with obstruction of justice. The charge was dismissed with prejudice because the a local city with an infamously incompetent police force improperly charged her. I had several thoughts after this victory, ranging from how great my performance was, to how […]

Opinions on State v. Nay, 2017 Utah Appellate Decision

A No Doubt Common Situation Imagine a situation where you are caught with an associate and another growing marijuana in your home. Your associate basically gives the exact confession the police want, but you deny any wrongdoing. Later at trial, your associate claims she cannot remember the details of the confession, and the confession was no […]

How Will My Criminal History Affect My Job Search?

A person’s criminal history seems to punish them long after they’ve paid the price for their crimes. After probation is done and the fines have been paid, the person is still paying the price for their criminal history. Employers are hesitant to hire someone with a felony, and job applications and school records are always […]

Finding The Best Attorney For Your Money

Choosing the best attorney to represent you is an important decision. You likely have no experience with legal matters and similarly little experience with attorneys. What you already know is that they cost a lot of money. You may have considered handling your legal problems on your own, but found that it was too complicated. […]

Order To Show Cause – Violation of Probation

If you failed to follow a condition of probation, you will receive a notice to appear for an Order to Show Cause hearing. This article will help you know what to expect, and what to do in Utah. Order to Show Cause: What to Expect You will will have certain conditions you will need to […]

5 Tips When Charged With a Misdemeanor

If you were recently charged with a misdemeanor, a court date is not far behind. Speaking in court is intimidating, and you may do something you regret. These tips are designed to put you on the right path to help you get the best deal possible. People have come to me in the past and told […]