Authorities claim that a Taylorsville, Utah, man assaulted his stepfather while leaving his stepfather’s home Wednesday evening. Police claim that the 32-year-old stepson and the 51-year-old man had a verbal argument in the stepfather’s home. But, the two reportedly continued the spat as the stepson walked outside. Police claim that the dispute turned physical outside the home.
Police say that the younger man had been staying with his stepfather when the spat broke out. The 32-year-old reportedly got into his car to leave the spat. The Chevrolet Malibu was parked on the street behind a Ford Ranger. Police say that as the younger man got into his, the stepfather stepped between the car and the pickup truck to note his stepson’s license plate number. Police claim that the stepson rammed his stepfather, pinning him against the pickup truck, before driving away from the area.
Unified Police reportedly suspect the stepson of vehicular assault. When the car allegedly lurched forward while the man tried to leave, the stepfather reportedly was struck. Police say that the stepfather suffered injuries to his legs before his stepson left the parking spot. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the injured man was listed in critical condition Thursday at a hospital in Murray, Utah. The news account says that the man is improving.
It does not appear that any formal criminal charges have been filed in the alleged incident. However, Unified Police say that the man suspected of assault has turned himself in to police.
Most Utah residents may be aware that a person charged with a crime has the right to be represented by defense counsel in court. However, the right to a criminal defense lawyer extends beyond the courtroom. In fact, a person is entitled to representation during police questioning to help protect the person’s constitutional rights. A defense lawyer can advise someone suspected of a crime, not only on how to proceed through a probe, but also during a police interrogation. The concept is one of the basic principles that serve as the basic foundation of our justice system.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, “Taylorsville man allegedly crushed stepfather with car,” Bob Mims, June 27, 2013; Deseret News, “Police arrest man accused of ramming stepfather with car,” Pat Reavy, June 27, 2013