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Is DUI a Felony in Utah?

Is DUI a Felony in Utah?

DUI is typically a misdemeanor crime in Utah. However, there are also a few scenarios where driving under the influence can lead to felony charges. Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer Darwin Overson explains when intoxicated driving is a felony in Utah, with an...
The Top 10 Safest Cities in Utah

The Top 10 Safest Cities in Utah

Utah is home to nearly 3 million people inhabiting about 250 communities. While no town or city is 100% free of crime, certain communities are safer than others. Utah criminal lawyer Darwin Overson compares recent crime statistics in different communities to see which...
Utah Has the Fewest Drunk Driving Accidents Nationwide

Utah Has the Fewest Drunk Driving Accidents Nationwide

In April 2016, USA Today reported on a nationwide CarInsuranceComparison.com study that showed Utah ranked lowest in the U.S. for drunk driving accidents. In an interesting correlation, an August 2016 article by WalletHub ranked Utah number eight in the U.S. for...
Can Former Felons Get Passports in Utah?

Can Former Felons Get Passports in Utah?

Despite anti-discrimination laws, a prior felony conviction can still make routine parts of life more difficult. Even after a person has paid his or her debt to society in the form of restitution and incarceration, he or she often continues to face discrimination when...
What is the Murder Rate by City in Utah?

What is the Murder Rate by City in Utah?

Very few people are arrested for murder in Utah: less than 100 each year in a state with a population of nearly 3 million. It is far more common for people to be arrested for non-violent offenses, particularly theft (larceny), driving under the influence (DUI), and...
The Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Utah

The Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Utah

Like any state, Utah has major variations when it comes to crime rates by city. Some police departments report high numbers of arrests, while others hardly report any. And while crime reports or murder statistics aren’t the only factors to consider when moving –...
What’s the Difference Between Burglary, Robbery, and Theft in Utah?

What’s the Difference Between Burglary, Robbery, and Theft in Utah?

Many people assume the words “theft,” “burglary,” and “robbery” all mean the same thing. While it’s true all three terms describe a crime involving someone else’s property, there are significant differences in the way each offense is legally defined. It’s important...
Does Assault Require Mandatory Jail Time in Utah?

Does Assault Require Mandatory Jail Time in Utah?

An assault charge in Utah can range in severity from a misdemeanor to a felony depending on factors like how seriously the victim was injured, whether the defendant used a gun or other dangerous weapon, and whether the victim was pregnant at the time of the alleged...
Is There Mandatory Jail Time for Drug Charges in Utah?

Is There Mandatory Jail Time for Drug Charges in Utah?

Thousands of people are arrested for drug crimes every year in Utah. Regardless of whether a drug offense is classified as a felony or misdemeanor, the penalties can be severe – particularly if the offense involves manufacturing, selling, trafficking, or otherwise...
Is There Mandatory Jail Time for DUI in Utah?

Is There Mandatory Jail Time for DUI in Utah?

Whether you call it drunk driving, intoxicated driving, or driving under the influence, DUI is one of the most common criminal charges in Utah. In fact, according to statistics from the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, almost 11,000 people were...