Larceny: The Most Common Crime In Utah

The most common crime in the state of Utah is also the most common crime in the United States — larceny, which is simply another word for “theft.” According to Pew Research Center, the U.S. experienced 1,401.9 cases per 100,000 people in 2022. That is a lot of cases. If we were to assume that every single one of them were committed by a different person, that would be about 1.4% of the population. 

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Do These 5 Things If You Are Arrested in Utah

No one wants to get arrested, and many people think they won’t ever get arrested. However, it’s impossible to predict if you will get arrested, even if you are innocent. Sometimes people are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, there were over 75,000 adult arrests and 8,000 juvenile arrests in Utah during 2020. You can think of that as more than 80,000 reasons to know what to do in case you get arrested. So here are five things you should do if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of getting arrested in Utah.

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How Much Trouble You Can Get For Destruction of Property In Utah

Let’s say you are are in the middle of a heated conflict. Your coworker is making you mad and vice versa. You are at a point where you want to hurt him, but you want to do it in a way that won’t cause physical pain. You justify in your mind that because you won’t assault him, it’s okay.So one night, you break into his home and destroy his beautiful flat screen TV. It’s a nice setup, but you think it will be okay. You know that he makes a lot more than you, and he’ll be able to afford a new one.This is a bad idea. Not only would you likely get fired over this kind of thing, you would have committed a couple of very serious crimes including destruction of property, which is one of the 10 most common crimes in Utah. 

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Four Different Types of Assault In Utah

Have you ever been so mad that you wanted to hit someone? If you follow through, you could find yourself in jail or even prison. Assault is one of the most common crimes in Utah, and the amount of trouble you get in depends on the situation. 

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Will My Case Go To Trial?

When you think of the legal process, you probably imagine a lawyer in a courtroom cross-examining a witness in front of a jury and a judge. However, despite what you see on TV, a majority of cases do not go to trial. Most of them enter a plea agreement. 

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Appeals in Utah: Fighting for Your Rights After a Conviction

In some cases, a defendant can be convicted based on a mistake by the court. Even an innocent person may be convicted due to a lack of evidence at the time of trial. In these instances, there is a process to appeal the decision by the court. The experienced lawyers at Brown, Bradshaw, & Moffat have decades of experience bringing justice to individuals through the appeal process.

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What is Classified as Burglary in Utah?

When you do a Google image search for “burglar,” you get pictures of a stereotypical robber who is about to steal from a bank or jeweler. However, you may be surprised to find out burglary and theft are not the same thing. In fact, they are two separate crimes, and both make the list of the ten most common crimes in Utah. While they tend to go hand-in-hand, you can get charged with burglary without stealing a cent.

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Three Common Types of Fraud in Utah

While Utah is a relatively safe place, one thing you should watch out for is fraud. It is one of the most common crimes in Utah. By definition, it is when someone uses deceit to take something from another person, such as money or property.

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Four Ways Utah’s Legal System Differs From Depictions on TV

If you’ve watched any TV in the last 30 years, chances are you’ve seen dramatizations of the legal system played out.

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‘Twas The Night of Santa’s Arrest

‘Twas the night before Christmas in the city of Salt Lake. All was still, all was silent, not a soul was awake. The lights shone bright, throughout Temple Square. Soon, Old St. Nick would see all this flair.

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Different Types Of Homicide In Utah

Utah has a reputation of being one of the safest states in the nation, and the data backs it up. According to the CDC, the Beehive State has the eighth lowest rate of homicides at 2.7 per 100,000 people in 2021. That number equates to 91 total cases in one year. While that is relatively low, it doesn’t mean the state is completely risk free.

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What Is Intimidation in Utah?

When you hear the word intimidation, it might bring to mind a bully threatening to steal your lunch money if you don’t comply with their wishes. On a more frightening note, it could be someone in a gang threatening to inflict serious bodily harm. While this scenario can be scary for the victim, it can also be criminal in the state of Utah. In fact, it’s the seventh most common crime in the Beehive state.

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Why Intent Matters in Utah Criminal Cases

If you are accused of committing a crime in Utah, you may have thought the only question in determining your guilt or innocence is whether or not you did it. However, it may surprise you to know that it’s a little more complicated than that. Your intent — the reason you allegedly did it — can be the difference that puts you behind bars.

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What You Need To Know About Sexual Assault In Utah

Trigger Warning Here is what you need to know about sexual assault in Utah. Before you read this, please be aware that it is a sensitive topic. If discussions about sexual assault are triggering for you, it might be a good idea to skip this post..

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What You Can and Cannot Do With Marijuana in Utah

Right now, 23 states have approved recreational marijuana, and four of them border Utah. In fact, the only surrounding states that don’t allow it are Wyoming and Idaho.

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