Author Archives: Chris Salcido

Chris Salcido

About Chris Salcido

Chris Salcido is a founder attorney of Utah Defenders.

Medical Marijuana in Utah Limited Program Begins

Last month was officially the first month where a limited use medical marijuana in Utah license could be obtained by a few select patients in the state. So how many medical marijuana cards were issues in July? Only 11 total licenses … Continue reading

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Increasing Costs in the Criminal Justice System

National Public Radio (“NPR”) ran a very interesting story this morning about the rise in court fees and the corresponding rise in defendants serving jail time because they were unable to pay their court ordered fines, restitution, or other related costs of … Continue reading

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Guilty Pleas and Plea Bargaining

Before you enter a guilty plea and/or accept a plea bargain, there are a few things you should be aware of. First, if you do not have a Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney representing you in the matter, you should … Continue reading

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Will the Utah State Prison Ever Move?

This year, a few select legislators are trying to get some action on moving the Utah State Prison complex out of Draper Utah. The main state prison has long sat at the lucrative Draper site near the point of the … Continue reading

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Judge Finds Ron Lafferty Competent For Federal Review

U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson recently held Ron Lafferty is competent, at least according to how federal law defines competency, to participate in the federal review of his sentence. Mr. Lafferty exhausted his appeals in state court and is … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve DUI Blitzes Net Several Arrests

Every New Year’s Eve, Utah Highway Patrol and various local agencies are on the prowl for DUI stops. This year was no different. DUI blitzes conducted all across the state of Utah brought in several DUI arrests. Last year Utah … Continue reading

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Attempt to Commit a Crime

In Utah you can be charged with a crime even if you do not actually carry out the crime for which you are charged. Sounds crazy, and it can be a tough pill to swallow but many people in Utah … Continue reading

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Dealing with a High Bail Amount

If you have been arrested and accused of committing a crime, you will likely be booked into jail and a bail amount will be set by a judge. In setting a bail amount, a judge will take several factors into … Continue reading

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Selling Alcohol To Minors | Furnishing Alcohol to Minors

The Utah Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control handed out over $20,000.00 in fines last month alone to establishments for selling alcohol to minors. The types of fines and related charges are incredibly common in Utah. In fact, many individuals, not … Continue reading

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Utah Sentencing – Aggravating and Mitigating Factors | Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been convicted of a crime in Utah, there are many factors the court will consider in your sentence. Having a Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney represent you in the sentencing process is advised. It is important to … Continue reading

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