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September 2015 Archives

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.

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.

Avoiding the emotional trauma of a contentious divorce

Utah residents who keep up with celebrity divorces most likely already know that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their marriage. Instead of going out in dramatic Hollywood fashion, they have chosen to keep their divorce amicable by using mediation to resolve their issues. A joint statement released by Affleck and Garner indicated that they came to this decision in order to protect their children.

Why do police officers perform DUI tests before making an arrest?

Police officers are required to have probable cause (a legal reason) before they can make a traffic stop. Once an officer initiates a stop, if he or she suspects a Utah resident of being under the influence, that suspicion must be confirmed before the driver can be arrested. This is why they are supposed to be trained to identify certain behavioral patterns and perform preliminary on site DUI tests.

Divorce can get complicated for professionals

Obtaining a professional license often takes a considerable amount of time, money and effort -- and that does not even include building a practice. Your spouse may have been supportive as you built your practice. Conseuently, divorce proceedings can get complicated for Utah professionals.

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