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DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyer in Ogden, Utah

When it comes to choosing a lawyer for your DUI or criminal defense in Ogden, Utah choose experience, choose Ms. Cara Tangaro of Tangaro Law.

The process of a criminal investigation and legal proceedings are often long and involve complex paperwork. Your life and the lives of those around you are often turned upside down.

No matter the circumstance,  Ms. Tangaro has the experience to see your case through to the best possible outcome. Just take a look at some of her most recent victories.  As one of Utah’s most trusted Criminal Defense Lawyers, Ms. Tangaro is tough, fair and has a proven record for standing up for her clients rights: Read More→

Utah Bail Bond Process

In Utah, when you are charged with a crime, you will either have a Summons or a Bail Amount.

The Bail Amount is supposed to be tied to two factors:

  1. Danger to Community
  2. Flight risk.

Bail amounts vary widely around the State and even within a particular office. Obviously, the more serious the crime, the higher bail amount that will likely be tied to it.

What are your options related to bail:

When a person is arrested and placed into jail by a law enforcement officer, the law enforcement officer will ask for a certain amount of bail.  This bail amount can go either up or down once a prosecuting attorney reviews the case and determines what charges to file. Read More→

Utah Defense Attorney, How and Why I Defend Those Accused of Heinous Crimes

How can I defend people accused of heinous crimes? It is the question that is most often asked of me. Or, what if I KNOW they are guilty?

Often times, I realize that if someone is asking this question, they may not “get it.” I was a prosecutor for seven years and some people are often shocked that I switched sides and that I zealously defend men, women and juveniles accused of horrific crimes. Which side do I prefer? I prefer defense for all sorts of reasons.

As this article points out, I often get to know the “person” behind the accusation. Surprising to most, there has always been some redeeming quality to the people I defend. People commit crimes for all sorts of reasons, the most common being drug abuse and mental illness.

And, there are clients that have been wrongfully accused. I used to screen special victims cases for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office and I was shocked that I had so much decision making power and that decision making power hinged on my life experience. Read More→

Salt Lake City Police Department Sets Video Policy

Salt Lake City police department will be increasing the use of body video cameras officers are using in the field.  80 new cameras will be put into use in July of 2013.

A new policy for the camera usage and storage has also been put into place. The policy includes how long videos will be stored and how they will be used.

In my opinion, every police department should have audio and video.  In today’s digitized age, there is no excuse to not have it.

camera glassesI personally met with Salt Lake City Chief, Burbank and discussed these cameras.  They are attached to the police officer’s glasses. When the police officer turns to look at something, it will all be filmed.  This protects everyone involved.

This technology can assist in all types of cases from homicides to officer-involved shootings. Read More→

Important New Utah Case Law Related to Sexual Crimes

New important Utah case law related to sexual crimes may relate to how we would set up your Utah defense.

In Utah, if you are found to occupy a “position of special trust” in relation to the alleged victim of the crime, consent is negated and you will be facing charges as if consent was never given.

This distinction has huge consequences on the severity and level of crime that a person may face.  For instance, if you were a teacher of the alleged victim or even a manager and you engage in “consensual” sexual activity with a person under the age of 18, a prosecutor can charge you with 1st degree felonies, which carry extensive mandatory minimum prison sentences and lifetime sexual offender registry.

http://www.utcourts.gov/opinions/supopin/watkins0458051013.pdf

This most recent case clarifies that it is not simply enough that the defendant occupies Read More→