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Aggravated Murder

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Utah Murder Charges

Being charged with murder or aggravated murder generally means that you are suspected to have caused the death of someone. 

You may be suspected to have caused the death either intentionally, intended to inflict serious, life-threatening injury on the person or have shown indifference to human life.

A murder charge or being involved in a murder case is considered very serious in our society. It may cause people to turn against you and it is unlikely that you will garner sympathy from others. 

If you are charged with murder or even attempted murder, you should seek legal assistance expeditiously so that you can get ahead of your case. 

Capital or Aggravated Murder Defense 

There are some murder charges that may be considered aggravated murder under the law depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge. Such charges could potentially qualify a defendant for a capital murder punishment.

The type of circumstances that could qualify for a potential capital murder punishment include if the murder was:

  • Committed to avoid arrest
  • Committed for the purpose of financial gain 
  • If the intent was to murder for hijacking
  • Or if the defendant has prior convictions for murder or a violent felony

This is not a comprehensive list of the circumstances that could qualify a case for a capital murder charge.

If you have been charged with murder or aggravated murder, time is of the essence. Be sure to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney to represent you.

The Utah code that defined Aggravated Murder is linked here.

Click here to read more about aggravated murder charges.

To schedule a consultation, call or text Intermountain Legal at 801-970-2800.


What IS a Plea In Abeyance in Utah?

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A Plea in Abeyance (or PIA) is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor in a criminal case. It involves the defendant and prosecutor agreeing to specific terms that the defendant will complete in order to prevent the charges from going on their criminal record.

Once, the defendant and prosecutor have come up with an agreement, the judge holds the agreement in place until all the agreed upon terms are completed.

Typical PIA terms may include:Plea in Abeyance in courtroom showing judge box with gavel.

  • – Paying a fine
  • – Completing some kind of community service
  • – Taking classes relevant to your charges
  • – Completing an evaluation and/or a treatment relevant to your charges

A Plea in Abeyance’s terms is usually a combination of the two or three terms listed above. However, it is rarely just one of the terms.

The pleas for any given charge will also vary person-to-person and county-to-county. An  PIA agreement for  someone in one county may differ from the agreement given to someone in another county. However, many PIAs are held for at least 6 to 12 months.


Is a PIA a conviction?


No. A PIA does not go on your record like a flat-out guilty plea does. It allows the judge to dismiss your charges once you’ve completed your end of the agreement.

Getting a Plea in Abeyance is similar to getting a speeding ticket and then going to traffic school in order to keep the ticket from going on your driving record.


Can I expunge a PIA?


Yes. Read our information about expungements here.

Click here, to read the official definition of a Plea in Abeyance in Utah.

This kind of plea deal is one of the most ideal outcomes other than a case dismissal. Hiring an attorney is the best way to go if you want to get a deal like a Plea in Abeyance.

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How do I get a Domestic Violence No Contact Order dismissed?

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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

The Trial Before The Trial

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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