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Does Manslaughter Carry a Life Sentence in Utah?

Does Manslaughter Carry a Life Sentence in Utah?

When a person is accused of committing a crime, his or her first concern is usually what sort of consequences could result from a conviction.  Utah sentencing laws allow criminal courts to impose hefty fines and tough sentences, particularly for felonies, such as...
Utah Stand Your Ground Bill Would Expand Self-Defense Law

Utah Stand Your Ground Bill Would Expand Self-Defense Law

The Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee recently voted in favor of recommending a bill that would broaden Utah’s existing “Stand Your Ground” laws or self-defense laws by explicitly establishing the right to defend against an attacker “even if...

How Many People Die in Prison in Utah?

Many people are sentenced to prison terms that last longer than a year.  Some of these prisoners are entitled to parole hearings that may shorten how long they actually stay in prison, but some are not. Sometimes people are sentenced to life in prison, life in prison...

Can You Get a DUI in Utah for BAC Under .08%?

In basically every state in the US, we know that .08 is the magic number.  More specifically, .08% blood alcohol concentration, which means that literally .08% of what is flowing through your veins is alcohol, is the legal limit for driving under the influence (DUI). ...
What Happens When You Go to Drug Court in Utah?

What Happens When You Go to Drug Court in Utah?

The penalties for drug crimes in Utah can be harsh, especially if the offense is a felony.  Depending on the nature and severity of the offense, a defendant who is convicted could be facing years in prison and many thousands of dollars in fines, plus the long-term...

How Long Does it Take to Be Considered Child Abandonment in Utah?

Child abandonment is a felony crime in Utah.  If you are found guilty, you could be sentenced to more than a decade in prison and receive thousands of dollars in criminal fines.  But how does Utah define child abandonment in the first place?  Utah child abandonment...