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Have you ever domestic violenced someone? I’ll bet you have.

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I’m pretty sure that most of the people in Utah reading this article have committed domestic violence, and here’s why.

When I was a prosecutor handling domestic violence cases, a young woman charged with domestic violence was representing herself and came into court to speak with me. In a polite, slightly pleading tone, she said, “I don’t know why I’m here. I ain’t never domestic violenced no one!” Well, according to Utah law, she had— and chances are, you have too. Read More

Utah Drivers Beware—Some of What You’ve Been Told About the New Texting Law Will Get You a Ticket

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Most Utah drivers are aware by now that the latest version of Utah’s Distracted Driving law goes into effect today. But the news story you heard or the article you read may have set you up to get a ticket. This article will help you make sure you know what you can and can’t do (at least to the extent that the law itself is clear…which is open for debate). Read More

Legislator Seeks to Tighten Utah DUI Laws

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Utah Legislator Lee Perry has introduced a bill in Utah that would make it illegal to operate a vehicle while impaired to the slightest degree by any substance.

Currently, the law prohibits DUI in three ways:

It is illegal to operate or be in actual physical control of a vehicle if the person

  1. Has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of .08 grams or greater at the time of operation or actual physical control;
  2. Has sufficient alcohol in the person’s body that a subsequent chemical test shows that the person has a BAC of .08 grams or greater at the time of the test; OR
  3. Is under the influence of drugs or alcohol to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely operating a vehicle.

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AAA Utah Offers Free Tipsy Tow for Super Bowl Sunday 2014

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With the 2014 Super Bowl approaching everybody is preparing for a weekend of relaxing and parties. The Utah Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are preparing as well. With the high likelihood that alcohol will be served at many Super Bowl parties the cops will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. AAA Utah has extended a helping hand this year to help you avoid a DUI charge and help keep the roads safe. Take it from a DUI Attorney in Salt Lake, it is definitely worth taking AAA up on their offer rather than suffering the high cost of a DUI in Utah. Read More

If Justin Bieber had been arrested for DUI in Utah…

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If you haven’t heard yet: Justin Bieber was arrested early this morning in Florida for DUI. You can find officer Medina’s account in the police report here. According to police, Bieber was observed drag racing his Lamborghini at 4:30 this morning. When Medina stopped him he could immediately smell an odor of alcohol emanating from the driver’s breath. Medina asked Bieber to exit the vehicle for further investigation. Bieber became uncooperative when Medina required him to place his hands on his car to check for weapons and swore at the officer a few times. Medina then arrested Bieber and transported him to the police station. Read More