Entries by Cara Tangaro

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 […]

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 […]

Utah Police Shootings

In the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the lack of an indictment for Police Officer Darren Wilson, has caused many in the country to question the actions of police officers and their use, or in some cases overuse of deadly force. Nowhere is this concern more prevalent than in […]

Possession of Controlled Substances in Utah

Possession of controlled substances in Utah is a crime when you have prescription drugs that have not been prescribed for you. Let’s take a deeper look… Last week, the Drug Enforcement Agency conducted a surprise investigation on numerous NFL franchises including the defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks. An anonymous source told ESPN, “the inspections […]

Halloween DUI

Halloween is a few days away, and the spooky spirit is descending upon the Salt Lake Valley. It’s a time for scary movies, costumes, and nights out on the town. All of this fun and excitement does carry a sinister weight with it, though. With Halloween being a night of festivities, for all ages, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

The High Cost of DUI in Utah

You may have heard that a DUI in Utah can cost around $10.000.00. That is probably not a bad estimate when you consider paying in lost time from work and paying for all the consequences that come with a DUI arrest. Of course, the cost of a DUI in one specific case will greatly depend […]

Should I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test In Utah?

As a Utah DUI Defense Attorney, I am often asked if a person should refuse to take the Field Sobriety Tests (FST). Because Field Sobriety Tests in Utah are not mandatory it is a very good question. So let me give you some facts that will help you make up your mind. Utah DUI Laws […]