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You are probably familiar with the term “domestic violence.” Under Utah law (pursuant to Utah Code Ann. § 77-36-1), there is no such named crime. But there are many crimes that are considered domestic crimes because they occur either in a residence or between persons who are related by blood or marriage, married, cohabitating (including roommates), or have children together (see Utah Code Ann. § 78B-7-102). Domestic crimes carry significant consequences both direct and collateral, and these types of cases can get very complicated because of the high emotions and stakes involved.
A Domestic Violence conviction can be avoided in two ways. The first way is to go to trial and fight the charge. Often times Domestic Violence offenses are simply overstated by the victim. At the time the offense allegedly occurs, emotions are high, and the parties may speak out of anger rather than fact. Many Domestic Violence charges stem from situations where tempers flare but no real crime has been committed. Officers who respond to Domestic Violence calls typically believe the story of whomever contacts the police first without hearing both sides of the story. One of the most important parts to defending a Domestic Violence case is to identify and interview any other witnesses to the incident other than the victim or the alleged suspect.
Domestic violence situations carry high emotions and stakes. Charges can include assault, stalking, harassment, etc. There are a lot of misconceptions around these crimes. They are complicated and challenging to defend because of the lack of clear evidence and high emotions and stakes.
Drug-related charges have long-term consequences that can include jail time, loss of driving privileges and employment, as well as blocking access to education, financial aid, and housing. Legalization of certain drugs in surrounding states adds to the complexity of charges in Utah. Know your risks and rights. Fight those charges!
Financial crimes are becoming more common as digital transactions increasingly become the norm. Add identity theft and credit card theft to the ranks of traditional fraud and forgery.
Crimes that involve the belongings or property of other people or businesses are categorized as property crimes. They include many types of theft, burglary, and shoplifting.
Crimes like public intoxication and disorderly conduct are designed to protect the public and make them feel safe and comfortable. Part of that mandate protects law enforcement as well, so this category includes crimes like interfering with a police officer and fleeing the cops.
Driving offenses that extend beyond speeding tickets into more reckless and blatant behaviors carry stiffer penalties than fines and can have far-reaching consequences, including loss of driving privileges.
Whatever you’re charged with, our attorneys and staff can help you fight for your freedom with knowledge, experience, hard work, and care. Click here to read more about some charges that are hard to categorize.
Note: We only handle Utah cases. If you have a case or charge in another state, please contact an attorney who is licensed to practice law in that state.