Category Archives: Criminal Defense

Accomplice Liability for General Intent Crimes in Utah

The Utah Court of Appeals recently decided State v. Binkerd, 2013 UT App 216 wherein the court addressed whether a defendant could be found guilty of accomplice liability for a general intent crime such as manslaughter. In Binkerd, the defendant was the head … Continue reading

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Suspending Your License for a Simple Traffic Citation

Utah has a weird law that permits a court to suspend a driver’s license for a simple traffic citation.  That means anything: having a headlight out; brake light out; speeding; swerving; having tinted windows too dark; not having mudflaps; running … Continue reading

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Restitution Hearings in Utah Criminal Cases

Criminal cases involving claims for restitution in Utah are governed by the Crime Victims Restitution Act, U.C.A 77-38a-101. If you are convicted of a crime and there is a victim who suffered damages, you may be required by the court, … Continue reading

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Western States and Marijuana Laws

Utah is definitely not one of the marijuana friendly states in the west. Most people have probably heard that Colorado and Washington have decriminalized marijuana for personal use. Additionally, California has made small personal use charges infractions (something more akin … Continue reading

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Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

Regardless of whether or not you plan on taking your criminal case to trial its important to have an experienced trial attorney by your side as your legal counsel. At Utah Defenders our attorneys have represented countless clients and we know the ins-and-outs of the trial process. Continue reading

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Retail Theft in Utah and Challenging A Store Employee’s Search

The Utah Court of Appeals recently addressed whether the actions of store employees who detain and search an individual suspected of retail theft can be attributed to the government for purposes of challenging the search and seizure under the Fourth … Continue reading

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Information Required by Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P)

If you are convicted of a felony in Utah, and in many cases a class A misdemeanor, the court may require you to meet with adult probation and parole, which is the entity responsible for supervising your probation.  Before AP&P … Continue reading

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Criminal Simulation in Utah

Antique Fraud There is a big market for antiques and some items can go for hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars.  In the antique business one has to be wary of fakes.  Remember the Salamander Papers in the … Continue reading

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Staying a Utah Justice Court Sentence When Jail Is Ordered

The Utah Legislature has implemented some rules as a protection against over-zealous (tyrannical) justice court judges, many of whom are “jail happy.”  The rules can act to prevent a judge from sending a defendant to jail…in most cases. Non DUI … Continue reading

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Common Enhanceable Utah Crimes

What is an Enhanceable Crime? The Utah Legislature has taken it upon itself to give the district attorneys freedom to increase the category of a crime if the defendant has committed the same or similar crime in the past.  For … Continue reading

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