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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.

Valuing your business in a Utah divorce

Many Utah residents own businesses during their marriages. After spending a significant amount of time growing your business, the last thing you want to do is "give it away" in a divorce. Obtaining an objective and realistic valuation of the business is crucial in ensuring that the business remains intact and profitable for you after a divorce.

Your soon-to-be ex-spouse may be entitled to a portion of the business even if he or she was not actively involved in the business during the marriage. Determining what that non-marital contribution is requires a thorough evaluation of the company's growth during the time you were married. The longer the marriage and business have co-existed, the greater the potential award may be. 

Chris Rock's divorce apparently comes down to money

When Chris Rock filed divorce papers in Dec. 2014, he made it clear that he wanted to share custody of his two children with his soon-to-be ex-wife. Utah readers may not yet be aware that, since that time, the pair agreed to a joint custody arrangement. It may not be as easy for the couple to come to an agreement about money, however, as the divorce progresses.

Rock's estranged wife intends to fight for a significant portion of Rock's fortune. Currently, that fortune is estimated at $70 million. She claims she is entitled to a portion of Rock's money in order to maintain the standard of living to which she became accustomed during the marriage. In support of this contention, she points out that she gave up a public relations career in order to stay home and raise the couple's children.

Boaters can be charged with DUI on Utah's lakes

The days are getting warmer and longer, and many people have been looking forward to getting out on the state's lakes. The summer boating season began on Memorial Day weekend, and officials have begun patrolling the lakes. Safety violations, such as failure to wear life jackets, are a priority. Driving under the influence is also a major concern. Boaters can be charged with DUI on a lake just as motorists can be in their cars on Utah roadways.

Officers who were patrolling Utah Lake over the holiday weekend reminded boaters that driving a boat drunk is just as dangerous as being drunk behind the wheel of a car. Reaction times are diminished, which can lead to an accident. A day of fun out on the boat can quickly become a nightmare in a drunk boating accident.

New child custody law passes in Utah

Keeping in line with traditional thinking and, what some would say, are outdated laws, courts have predominantly awarded custody of a couple's children to one parent -- the mother in the majority of cases. However, a significant amount of research done in recent years shows that children tend to do better when the parents share custody. This belief is behind a new child custody law that was recently passed in Utah that encourages the courts to award shared custody to divorcing or separating parents.

Of course, if awarding sole custody to one parent is in the best interests of the children, a Utah court can still do so. However, there is now an option to divide parenting time more evenly. The recommended schedule would give the non-custodial parent at least 145 overnights. Holidays would also be divided, and the non-custodial parent would be able to make specific elections.

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