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February 2013

No Statute of Limitations in Homicide Cases

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Civil lawsuits and criminal charges must be brought within a specified period of time, known as the statute of limitations. It is best to prosecute cases when the evidence is fresh, especially witness testimony. In Utah, the statute of limitations for misdemeanors is two years, and criminal charges range from two to four years. However, as in other states, capital murder, manslaughter, and some other felony crimes are exempt from any statute of limitations Read More

When Should Miranda Warnings be Read?

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On TV, the moment usually comes as sort of an anti-climax — after the big car chase, the running through the streets, the jumping over fences and across rooftops, and maybe even the exchange of gunfire, the cops finally tackle their man, slap on the handcuffs, and say: You are under arrest. You have the right to remain silent… etc. Read More

Defending a Weapons Charge in Utah

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All across America, people who love guns love Utah. That is because the Utah constitution guarantees the right of citizens to bear arms; and also because Utah honors concealed weapons permits issued in any state in the Union, and more than 30 states honor Utah’s permit in return (prompting some to call it the closest thing to a national carry permit). You don’t even have to be a Utah resident to get a Utah concealed weapons permit. Read More

DUI and Vehicular Manslaughter Defense

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Under the Utah Criminal Code, causing the death of another person while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs results in a charge of automobile homicide. Needless to say, it is a serious felony charge that carries the potential for years of prison time — but as is the case with any DUI charge, automobile homicide is rarely an open-and-shut case. Automobile homicide cases are almost always filled with uncertainties. Just about everything is subject to question, interpretation, judicial discretion and negotiation. And that is where a strong defense comes into play. Read More