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Your First Appearance in Criminal Court


From my experience it definitely matters how you present yourself to the court. Your first impression to the court is your foundation to a positive outcome. The judge, jury and everyone in the courtroom will take notice of how you choose to present yourself. Your appearance and conduct shows that you respect the courtroom and that you are taking the matter seriously.


Below is my advice to clients who are appearing in criminal court.

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Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney

Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are charged or suspected of a crime in the State of Utah, it is important that you choose the right criminal defense attorney to represent you and defend your rights. In order to help you select the best defense attorney, I have compiled a list of questions that are important to ask before you hire a criminal defense attorney. Read More→

Justice Reform

At times, being a criminal defense attorney or doing public defender work can be emotionally difficult. Often, we get to know our clients and despite their poor choices, we have hope for them. Read More→

Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Fundraiser

The Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL) is have their Annual Fundraiser Saturday, June 20, 2015, 7:00 pm, at The State Room, 638 South State Street in Salt Lake City, Utah.


The event features live music by the band J. Smith, food, drinks, and dancing. The food includes wood-fired pizzas from a local food truck service.


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Drug Court Policy Change

The Federal Government just announced a new change in policy surrounding federally assisted drug courts, this change guarantees drug court defendants the ability to receive medication based treatments for opioid addiction. Across the country many drug courts, which give defendants the opportunity to defer and reduce sentences and get treatment, have refused to allow defendants access to medications that can treat addiction. Specifically a medication called suboxone, a semi-synthetic opioid which prevents overdosing, neutralizes cravings, and, when used properly is not intoxicating.


This action by the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy guarantees that defendants in drug courts that are federally supported have access to these medications, and will not be required to go off of them until instructed to do so by a physician treating them. Meaning that a judge cannot order a drug court defendant to discontinue their use of treatment medications. Read More→

Death Penalty

Tensions and displeasure’s rise as trials continue to be delayed for alleged Boston marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev, and infamous 2012 gunmen, James Holmes, who has admitted responsibility for a shooting that resulted in many dead and wounded in Aurora Colorado during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises. Both of these incidents shocked the nation, and even now, years later, still conjure up senses of loss and tragedy, and the fact that neither Tsarnaev nor Holmes have made it to trial, and that both cases have been slow and costly, has led to many across the country being upset. Read More→

Civil Asset Forfeiture Law

Frequent readers of this blog will remember an earlier post about asset forfeiture. For those that do not, asset forfeiture is a government program that allows for the seizure of personal property of those suspected of drug crimes. These properties are later sold at auction and the funds are returned to the pockets of the police to continue the war on drugs.

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Utah Man Loses Rights to Attorney


In a shocking landmark decision, the Utah Supreme Court has decided to strip a man of his right to counsel on Appeal. Curtis Allgier, a man who accepted a plea in the killing of a Utah State Corrections officer while serving time for the parole violation of possession of a firearm, is currently in the process of appealing said plea agreement. However, Allgier is now having to face his appeal without an attorney present. For what has been described as “threatening behavior” the Utah Supreme Court has decided that this situation creates special circumstances that calls for the forfeiture of Allgier’s right to counsel. The threatening behavior alluded to are statements made in Allgier’s attempts to make to remove his attorney by filing a bar complaint. In said complaint Allgier was quoted stating, “trying to be nice, but [would] resort to other means of removal if [the attorney thought] he could sell [Mr. Allgier] out. . . . he don’t want to learn how much I don’t give a damn.” Read More→

Video Evidence

It has to be addressed at some point, that times have changed drastically in the last few years. I’m speaking, of course, about the digital age, and how our every action is being recorded in some sense. Seeing is believing, we have always been told, and with our unfiltered access to the internet it has become much easier for us to “see” all sorts of film from around the world, ranging from candid funny home videos, to damning evidence of criminal activity or exculpatory evidence.


In a legal sense, video evidence is an important and pivotal form of evidence that we see in cases. In criminal cases video evidence is an important tool for lawyers. That kind of direct visual evidence is often irrefutable, but there are issues that this type of evidence raises. First, many of the images that we typically see from cameras often come from cell phones and security cameras, which are often grainy or blurry in quality. This makes the evidence rather unreliable. Crime labs have been able to run software to clean up the ”noise”, so to speak, in videos. The increase in these video editing technologies have led many to question the validity of film evidence in the first place, seeing as how it is so easy to modify.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and the NFL

When we see hard hits, and big plays on the field during football games, we celebrate. Football has become almost a religion in America, with millions of people tuning in for hours every Sunday. It is a staple of American culture. But what happens when the hard hitting, competitive, and overall violent nature of the sport bleeds into the off the field lives of the players and those around them? Recently the NFL has come under fire for numerous domestic assault arrests that have happened in a very short amount of time. Many are left to wonder what has bred such a violent culture in the NFL and what can be done to put an end to it.

The Problem Recently

In the last few months the NFL has seen the arrests of Ray Rice, Jonathon Dwyer, Adrian Peterson, and Greg Hardy, all for violence against women and/or children. Domestic violence is not something new in the NFL, although, despite public perception, the NFL still has a lower rate of domestic violence than the general population. Still, it is undeniable that there is pervasive violence in the NFL. Since 2011 the NFL has seen 20 players arrested for charges involving domestic violence. The most recent suspension handed down upon any of these players is the yearlong suspension of Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice, which is currently being appealed. Read More→