Author Archives: Jerry Salcido

Jerry Salcido

About Jerry Salcido

Jerry Salcido is a founder attorney of Utah Defenders.

What is an Armed Career Criminal?

The Armed Career Criminal “Armed career criminal” – sounds pretty serious, right? Well for purposes of federal criminal law it most definitely is. The term applies to a select group of individuals who the federal government find to need more … Continue reading

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Utah Law Reform: Drug Possession No Longer A Felony

Drug Possession Is A Common Offense In a sweeping move which was totally unexpected and unusual (for Utah), the Utah Legislature effectively passed legislation to reduce the population in its jails and prisons by significant numbers. How? By reducing the criminal … Continue reading

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Difficult For A Defendant To Withdraw His Guilty Plea

Requirements to Withdraw a Plea When a defendant enters into a plea negotiation with the State he has to waive all of his pretrial rights such as his right to remain silent, his right to the presumption of innocence, his … Continue reading

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When does an informant tip justify a police traffic stop?

Fourth Amendment Requirements With Regards to Traffic Stops The Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of “unreasonable searches and seizures” extends to temporary detentions, such as traffic stops. See U.S. Const. amend. IV; Brendlin v. California, 551 U.S. 249, 255 (2007). To survive … Continue reading

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Ineffective Assistance of Counsel and Immigration Consequences

Recently the Utah Court of Appeals addressed whether an attorney was deemed to have given ineffective assistance of counsel to a non-U.S. citizen. In State v. Aguirre-Juarez, the defendant plead guilty to one count of attempted identity fraud, a class A … Continue reading

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What is the Voir Dire Process in a Utah Jury Trial

The Importance of the Jury Trial and Voir Dire The jury trial is a right over which many lives were lost in the founding of this country.  It is a mechanism to protect individuals against an oppressive government. Think about … Continue reading

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The 12 Steps of a Drug Recognition Evaluation

When people think about impaired driving most people think of the typical alcohol-induced DUI, but drugs are involved in almost as many impaired driving cases.  There are some tests that have been developed specifically to detect the involvement of drugs … Continue reading

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Woman Attacks Salt Lake Man With Samurai Sword

The Deseret News reports yesterday that a woman in Salt Lake got upset at a man who lived in the apartment beneath her because he complained that she was being too noisy. Rather than quiet down, the woman decided to … Continue reading

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Computer Crimes in Utah are Becoming More Common

Computer Crimes on the Rise We are seeing an interesting trend in Utah: people are hacking into their employer’s, partner’s, friend’s, ex-lover’s, ex-spouse’s Facebook accounts, email accounts, and other social media outlets in an effort to get revenge on them. … Continue reading

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Arizona Supreme Court Limits Arizona’s DUI Metabolite Law

The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled on a case involving its DUI metabolite statute, a statute which is very similar to Utah’s. In Arizona v. Harris, the Arizona Supreme Court addressed whether the presence of a drug metabolite in a driver’s … Continue reading

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