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UTAH’S DRUG COURTS HELP REDUCE RECIDIVISM

When Utah established its first drug court in Salt Lake City in 1996, many in the judicial system and law enforcement were skeptical that the program would be helpful in solving the state’s rising problem with drug-related crime. However, these specialty courts have...

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UTAH MAY SOON ALLOW PARAMEDICS TO DRAW BLOOD IN DUI CASES

The type of individuals authorized to draw blood in Utah for DUI purposes is most likely set to change. Under the previous version, only a physician, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and qualified medical technician were allowed to draw blood. The new...

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UTAH JUSTICE REFORMS MOVE FROM PUNISHMENT TO TREATMENT

This article looks at how drug crime sentences are shifting away from incarceration and towards treatment. Incarceration for non-violent crimes is not only expensive, it is also highly ineffective at reducing recidivism. From the 1980s on, efforts at reducing crime...

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TEEN SEXTING; UTAH JUVENILES BEWARE

A nationwide consensus indicates kids today are on the cutting edge of technology; from comprehending the latest videogame systems, navigating the latest smartphones, or even teaching mom and dad how to run the DVD payer. However, this cutting edge knowledge also puts...

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SEX CRIMES INVOLVING CHILDREN AND MINORS IN UTAH

People who are accused of sex crimes against minors or children in Utah should understand the state’s laws on these offenses. People who live in Salt Lake City and find themselves charged with a sexual crime against a child or a minor can be unsure of where to turn...

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DUI APP LAUNCHES

It seems there’s a cell phone application for just about everything. A new mobile and tablet app is the latest and is being offered to drivers facing DUI charges in the Midwest. While it’s not yet available for Utah drivers, it’s highly likely that there will be one...

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DRIVERS FACE A MAZE OF PENALTIES FOR DUI CHARGES IN UTAH

Merely being charged with DUI in Utah can cause upheaval in your life. The Utah Department of Motor Vehicles, surprisingly, begins to impose sanctions on drivers charged with driving under the influence in Utah even before a conviction occurs. Driver’s License...

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CAN THE GOVERNMENT TAKE MY LAPTOP AWAY?

In April 2011, the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested 39 suspects in a state-wide child pornography sting. The task force executed 52 search warrants on homes and 39 warrants on computers, seizing a total of 124 computers, 118 external hard...

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AGENTS SEIZE 41 POUNDS OF METH IN SALT LAKE CITY DRUG BUST

Law enforcement officials seized 41 pounds of methamphetamine during a recent sting in a Salt Lake City parking lot. The bust was part of a large-scale operation targeting drug traffickers in Utah, which has resulted in the seizure of over 300 pounds of meth in the...

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