There are several different types of “protective orders” in domestic violence cases. If you are sent to jail for domestic violence, the jail should have you sign something called a Jail Release No Contact Agreement, which is kind of like a protective order, but is only temporary until you go to court and see the judge. If your spouse wants, she/he can waive the No Contact Order against you by signing a written waiver, or, when you go to court on your criminal case, you can ask the judge to remove it. Also, you may be able to hire a domestic violence attorney to negotiate with the prosecutor to have it removed before you go to court. Read More
Domestic violence is defined as systematic abuse of a current or former acquaintance, or cohabitant. That may mean a spouse, ex-partner, or family member. The abuse might be physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial. Violence of any kind hurts individuals and the community we live in. Read More
When is a trial not a trial? Answer: When it is a preliminary hearing.
If you are arrested on felony or Class A misdemeanor charges, you have the right to a preliminary hearing.
While misdemeanor charges are a lower offense, a conviction can lead to a jail term up to a year. When you are facing loss of liberty, fines, penalties and a criminal record, a preliminary hearing is an opportunity you cannot afford to ignore. Read More
Drinking and driving is dangerous.
You could kill or seriously injure yourself or others driving impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Utah has zero tolerance for minors drinking alcohol anywhere.
You have heard it all before. You may even have seen information from the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) about keeping teen and young adult drivers safe. Read More