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Facing a first DUI charge? What happens now is critical

Most Utah residents would agree that no one likes to see the flashing lights of a police cruiser in their rear view mirror. Being pulled over by police often means an expensive traffic citation and points on your license. In some cases, it can mean much more. You could be facing a first DUI charge if the officer suspects that you are driving under the influence.

A first offense for DUI is often considered a misdemeanor in Utah. If convicted, you would face a maximum of six months in jail and the suspension of your driver's license. This is only the minimum consequences that can result from a DUI charge. Depending on the circumstances, additional criminal charges could be filed, which could potentially lead to harsher penalties.

A fresh set of eyes might save a questionable divorce settlement

As a Utah couple's marriage ends, the parties may simply want the matter to be closed as soon as possible. That desire can result in one or both parties being dissatisfied with the divorce settlement. By taking a step back and taking the opportunity to ensure that the settlement is fair, at least one of the parties' futures could be brighter.

Nearly 73 percent of people who get divorced experience a significant reduction in his or her standard of living. At the same time, the other party enjoys a 42 percent increase in standard of living. A fresh set of eyes on these potentially questionable divorce settlements could change these percentages.

DUI suspected in parking lot crash that injured pedestrian

Video in the parking lot of a Sam's Club here in Utah captured a vehicle striking a pedestrian. The driver attempted to leave the scene, but was prevented by other people in the parking lot. As police conducted their investigation into the accident, they began to suspect the driver of DUI.

Witnesses reported to police that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the woman and a pole, and surveillance video appears to corroborate their accounts. The video shows her shopping cart rolling away from her untouched, which is fortunate because there was a child in it at the time of the crash. The man is also seen getting out of his vehicle to inspect the damage before he attempted to drive away.

The effect of social media on a Utah divorce

In recent years, social media sites have become part of our every day lives. People enjoy sharing their lives and keeping up with the lives of their friends and family regardless of how far apart they may be. Because of the widespread use of these social media sites, it should be no surprise to Utah residents that evidence from them is quickly becoming part of divorce proceedings across the country.

If you are going through a divorce, your attorney will most likely recommend that you refrain from using social media sites during the proceedings. A seemingly innocent post or rant about your spouse could end up in the hands of a judge. Furthermore, the old adage that a photograph is worth a 1,000 words takes on new meaning when it is posted on the Internet. This is because even though you may think your Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram accounts are not public, they are more accessible than you may know.

Man involved in single-car accident suspected of DUI

Not every Utah driver makes the right choice behind the wheel all of the time. Recently, one man may not have made all of the right choices while driving, but that does not necessarily mean that he is guilty of driving under the influence. Nevertheless, when police arrived at the scene of the single-car accident in which he was involved, officers suspected him of DUI.

The Utah Highway Patrol reportedly received calls regarding a reckless driver traveling at unsafe speeds on I-15 N. A UHP trooper claims that he observed the vehicle traveling at approximately 125 mph. The vehicle is said to have slowed to around 70 mph as it moved into the collector lanes to exit the interstate.

Will you have to pay alimony forever?

During the Utah divorce process, many ex-spouses either are ordered by the court to pay alimony or voluntarily agree to do so as part of a settlement. In many cases, alimony is paid for several years, though many people are under the impression that it is permanent. That is not necessarily the case, and both parties may benefit from being aware of certain circumstances under which it may be terminated.

There are four main reasons why a Utah court would terminate alimony. A seemingly obvious reason is death. If either party dies, alimony stops. Everyone has the right to move forward with his or her life after a divorce, and many people are lucky enough to find love a second time. If the party receiving alimony is cohabitating with a new partner, it may be possible to terminate payments.

Driver suspected of DUI after single vehicle accident

After responding to a single vehicle accident recently, the Utah Highway Patrol recently reminded the public to wear their seat belts and not to let a friend drive drunk. When troopers arrived, they began to suspect that the driver may have been intoxicated. He was placed under arrest on suspicion of DUI.

Troopers with the Utah Highway Patrol were called to the scene of the accident, which took place on Interstate 15, at approximately 2:20 a.m. When they arrived, it was surmised that the vehicle had somehow drifted off the road and smashed into a crash attentuator located in front of the concrete barrier at the beginning of an off-ramp. The 27-year-old driver and 20-year-old passenger were both transported to hospitals in the area and are considered to be in fair condition.

Staying off the emotional roller coaster of divorce is crucial

The fact is that marriages do not end because the parties are working together and getting along. Therefore, it is probably safe to say that the Utah divorce process is not always going to go smoothly. What can help, however, is staying off the emotional roller coaster.

More than likely, each party knows exactly which buttons to push to irritate the other. It would be easy to engage in a game of emotional tit-for-tat, but that is not going to serve either party in the end. As often as possible, the parties would benefit more from agreeing to a truce in order to negotiate a settlement.

Nearly 1 year after incident, bus driver pleads guilty to DUI

Nearly one year ago, a school bus driver was accused of driving under the influence with a bus full of children and parents on a field trip ("DUI suspected of school bus driver in Utah," Oct. 20, 2014). Recently, she pleaded guilty to DUI and could spend up to a year in jail. Her sentencing is currently scheduled for Dec. 7.

On Oct. 13, 2014, a bus driver was assigned to drive the seven adults and 67 students on the bus. The Utah Highway Patrol received numerous calls from drivers on Interstate 15 regarding a school bus that was moving erratically in and out of the lanes and crossing over into the opposing lanes of travel. The adults on the bus who were chaperoning the field trip also made calls to 911.

UHP DUI Squad lieutenant resigns amid allegations of impropriety

In order for someone to be charged with driving under the influence, law enforcement officials must first have probable cause to make the traffic stop. If it is discovered that no probable cause existed at the time of the arrest, a DUI may be dismissed. The alleged actions of the head of the Utah Highway Patrol's DUI Squad could mean several people will head back to court to have their cases reviewed to determine whether their arrests were legal.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, during the lieutenant's tenure, several traffic stops lacked the requisite probable cause, or the probable cause that did exist was not strong enough to support the stop. In some cases, evidence or contraband was destroyed. He is also accused of ordering officers under his command to stop recordings at some traffic stops.

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