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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→

Jameis Winston Sexual Assault Case

Florida State University’s all-star quarterback is no stranger to the limelight. In the last year Jameis Winston has gone has gone from a relative unknown to a household name. With his fame, though, the talented young athlete has received an equal part of infamy. It seems for every story about Heisman trophies and touchdown passes, there is another story that follows about off the field antics. Off the field antics aside, the star quarterback has also reached a level of infamy for being accused of sexual assault.  It is important to note that there has been a lot of media attention surrounding the accusation.  The complainant is clearly frustrated by the process. Read More→

Brigham Young University Law Lecture Series

Last week I had the opportunity to speak at the Brigham Young University Law Lecture Series.  Of all the speaking engagements I do each year, this is my favorite.  Essentially, prelaw students get to hear from attorneys from all different types of practices and they have an opportunity to learn about our day-to-day lives, our salaries and the costs and benefits of our particular career.  This year, the students were super engaging.  I spoke for about 15 minutes and then fielded questions for about the next 40 minutes.  So, what were some of their questions?

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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→

Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Rocky Mountain Innocence Center

Earlier this week, I attended a fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center.  For those of you who do not know about this non profit organization, they work tirelessly on cases of convicted individuals that they have some reason to believe have been wrongfully convicted.  It is an amazing organization.  It is humbling to know that our system does not always get it right and that there are people in prison or even on death row who are innocent. Our speaker for the event was Debra Brown. Read More→

Utah Legal Elite DUI Attorney

Voted 2014 Utah Legal Elite for DUI Defense by Utah Business Magazine

I am proud and honored to be once again named to the 2014 Utah Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine. Utah’s Legal Elite; is a list by Utah Business recognizing Utah’s top attorneys as selected by their peers in the legal community.

DUI defense does not only occur in the court room but also the education and legislative level. In 2010 I spoke in front of the Utah State Legislature about the harsh penalties associated with Utah’s “Not-a-Drop” law. Ihe was successful in getting the Legislature to change the overly harsh law. Read More→

Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board 2014 Annual Fundraiser

2014 Annual UACDL Fundraiser

In 2014 I was elected to the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board (UACDL) and became Chair of the Development Committee.  The UACDL is a diverse group of attorneys, which spans the state of Utah.  We are made up of both public defenders and private attorneys.

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Expungements in Utah

What is an Expungement?

Expungement is the process of officially sealing an individual’s criminal record of arrest, investigation, detention, conviction, and sentencing. Sealed records cannot be viewed or copied by the public.

If an individual is successful in attaining an expungement, he or she can proceed as though the criminal arrest or conviction never occurred.

Criteria for Expungement in Utah

In order to achieve an expungement, an individual must meet certain qualifications. There are two sets of criteria, one for those with criminal records that do not include a conviction and another for those who have had a criminal conviction.

For those who have not been convicted

  • The arrest was at least 30 days ago
  • There are no criminal cases pending
  • No charges were filed against you OR charges were filed against you but the case was dismissed, OR charges were filed against you but you were acquitted in trial, OR you are now outside the statute of limitations for the case. Read More→

Salt Lake City, DUI and Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is the last of the summer celebrations, the days are becoming shorter, temps are starting to cool off and kids are back in school. It also ranks second as the holiday with the most DUI incidents in Utah.

Today before the University of Utah football game law enforcement agencies were passing out DUI prevention barbecue sauce in an effort to raise DUI awareness. These sauces included catchy names like, “Drive Sauced, get busted: Warden Ted’s Orange Jumpsuit BBQ sauce” and “Ted’s Sweet jailhouse Hickory BBQ Sauce.”

KSL News Story

So as you fire up the BBQ this weekend and lather on that barbecue sauce, remember to not put yourself in the position of getting a DUI, if drinking, please take a cab or have a DD (designated driver).

If you do find yourself in the unfortunate position of getting pulled over for suspected DUI, Salt Lake City DUI Attorney, Cara Tangaro has the following pieces of advice. Read More→