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Citizen’s Arrests in Utah

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I’m not a police officer – could I actually arrest someone?

Usually when I think of a citizen’s arrest, I think about those bad movies or comedy skits where some unlikeable gomer (think Dwight Schrute) makes a citizen’s arrest and the arrestee resists and some sort of ridiculous interaction ensues.  And since bad movies were my source of information, I always thought that a citizen’s arrest was something that may have existed sometime in the past, but didn’t actually exist anymore….I was wrong. Read More

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

Flattery Faux Pas & Painless Prevention | Criminal Defense Attorney Weekly Tip

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What Doesn’t Work: Trying to flatter the officer by telling him how the decor in the back of his police car compares to the decor in all the other police cars you’ve ridden in: “These seats are much more ergonomic than the seats in the car I rode in last month.”

What Works: Keep your registration and insurance current on any vehicle you drive. Officers often run “registration and insurance checks” on nearby vehicles at stoplights or on vehicles they want to pull over and search. If your registration or insurance is expired, they can use that as an excuse to stop you and look for other crimes to charge you with.