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Utah police arrest man for metabolite DUI after collision

When people hear that someone was accused of driving under the influence, many assume that the driver was impaired by alcohol. However, a Utah resident can be charged with metabolite DUI. This means that police suspect the individual of being impaired by a substance other than alcohol, such as illegal or prescription drugs.

On a recent Friday, at approximately 10:45 a.m., a pickup truck had come to a stop at an intersection. While waiting for the traffic light, the truck was hit from behind by a car. The driver of the pickup says that the impact was hard enough that it almost pushed the truck into the intersection. Fortunately, the truck stopped in the crosswalk, and no pedestrians were in it at the time. 

Pets are now routinely part of many divorce proceedings

Only in recent years have pets entered into the divorce scene. Court battles over who will get custody of the family pet are becoming routine around the country and here in Utah. One statistic indicates that approximately 10 percent of divorce proceedings become contentious due to the family pet.

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers conducted a survey to see what types of animals are causing these contentious battles. It may not surprise Utah residents who own dogs that 88 percent of the time, the parties were vying for custody of the family dog. However, all kinds of pet -- cats, birds and reptiles -- are also fought over by their owners.

Utah man in motorcycle accident may be charged with DUI

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning, a 20-year-old Utah man was involved in a motorcycle accident. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of the injuries he suffered in the crash. Police suspect the man was impaired and arrested him for DUI.

Police reports indicate that the driver was heading north when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. Investigators blame speed and traveling in the wrong lane for the accident. However, it was also suspected that impairment was a contributing factor.

Despite a divorce, parents will always be bound to each other

Once a Utah couple becomes parents, they will always be bound to each other despite the state of their personal relationship. The divorce is about ending the marriage, not about ending the parental connection. This means that the despite their feelings for each other, the parents need to find a way to continue to raise their children together.

Most Utah parents acknowledge that the children should not have to suffer because of the divorce. Of course, changes are inevitable, but the parents can work together to minimize the impact the changes will have on their children. Making the decision to co-parent may seem like a pipe dream at first, but over time, everyone may benefit from it.

Utah man is facing charges for DUI and other alleged crimes

A traffic stop initiated after what a police officer alleges was a short pursuit, ended with the driver in the back of the patrol car. The report of the incident characterizes the accused man as being combative and uncooperative. In fact, the events that took place during the traffic stop have left the Utah man facing charges for DUI, damage to a jail and obstruction of justice, among other things.

The officer claims to have seen a vehicle traveling at approximately 15 mph over the posted 60 mph speed limit. The officer gave chase with his lights and sirens activated and claims the driver of the vehicle attempted to elude him. When the vehicle finally came to a stop in a parking lot, the officer suspected the man of being intoxicated.

Driver facing charges for DUI after rollover accident on I-80

Troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of a single-car accident in Interstate 80 on a recent Saturday that occurred at approximately 5:17 p.m. Upon arrival, they discovered two seriously injured individuals, and one person who suffered only minor injuries. By the next morning, the driver found herself facing charges for DUI, among other accusations.

Preliminary reports from the Utah Highway Patrol indicate that the vehicle drifted onto the shoulder of the eastbound side of the Interstate. The driver attempted to get the vehicle back onto the road, but she over-corrected. The vehicle ended up flipping onto its roof in the median, which is where it came to rest.

Relocation can be built into a child custody agreement

The realities of a Utah divorce often require the parties to give up the marital home. It is often more financially advantageous for the parties to sell the home, split the proceeds and find another place to live. Unfortunately, this could mean that a child will not have as much access to both parents as the parties would prefer. Fortunately, a plan to deal with relocation can be built into a child custody agreement.

A Utah couple can take as much time as they need to create a parenting plan that accomplishes both short term and long-term goals. For instance, couples with young children can include provisions in the agreement that accommodate the growth of the child. A child that is 2 years old or younger may not understand a lengthy visit away from his or her primary caregiver. Therefore, visits may have to be shorter, which could mean that one parent will have less time with the child.

Utah man charged with DUI after police chase

A woman called police to say that her boyfriend had let her two children out on the side of the road because he was too drunk to drive. When police attempted to arrest him, a chase ensued. Now, he is not only charged with DUI, but also with other offenses connected to the pursuit.

Reportedly, after the woman's call, police went to the residence where the man was located. He attempted to leave, but an officer pulled him over. At that time, the officer claims the man intentionally put his vehicle in reverse and slammed into the police car and sped away. Around 3 p.m., Utah Highway Patrol cameras supposedly recorded the minivan he was driving being followed by several cruisers.

Discussing divorce with children may require preparation

When giving advice on divorce, many sources discuss the importance of the parties making individual preparations before announcing their intentions in order to make sure they receive everything to which they are entitled in the settlement. However, for Utah couples who have children, a more coordinated effort may be needed before announcing the divorce. Presenting a united front can help the children feel more comfortable with the changes that are undoubtedly going to take place.

Anticipating the questions that the children will ask might prompt the parents to have discussions regarding the answers to them. Most children wonder where they are going to live and whether they will have access to both parents. Most Utah parents want to do their best to keep the children's lives as normal as possible. Making that happen can take a great deal of planning.

Study says Utah ranks 7th for strict DUI laws

A recent study evaluated the DUI laws in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., with number one being the most strict and number 51 being the most lenient. Factors such as jail time, fines and the length of time that a prior DUI will effect a driver's penalties should he or she face a subsequent charge were examined in order to determine the order. Utah's DUI laws came in at number seven based on the criteria used for the study.

In Utah, an individual convicted of driving under the influence for the first time is required to spend at least two days in jail and pay fines and fees. After the first conviction, the penalties increase drastically. If a driver is arrested for DUI a third time within 10 years of a first offense, the charge is automatically upgraded to a felony, which would also increase the potential jail time, fines and fees.

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