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Failed sobriety test results in charges for Utah man

A field sobriety test is often used by police officers to determine if people are under the influence of drugs or alcohol while they are driving. During the test, the officers will have the person perform a number of physical and mental tests to determine possible impairment. These can include having a person stand on one foot, walk in a straight line and others. If a person fails a field sobriety test, police may have the probable cause they need to make a drunk driving arrest or administer a blood alcohol content test. Utah police claim that one man recently failed a field sobriety test prior to his arrest for DUI. In this case, police officers claim that they were alerted to an accident that had occurred on Interstate 15. According to officers, a man was driving a Ford F-150 when he lost control of the truck. The truck left the roadway and hit a traffic sign before coming to a stop. Police allege that following the accident, they became suspicious of the man's behavior. The man consented to the field sobriety test, police claim, and failed. He was then taken to a local hospital for a blood test and arrested on several criminal charges including DUI. His bail was set at $1,950.

Field sobriety tests must be completed accurately according to standardized guidelines in order to be admissible. If police make mistakes while giving these tests, the evidence may not be used in court. In these cases, the accused could see their charges dropped. Therefore, it is important for those facing DUI charges to ensure that any tests -- including a field sobriety test -- are performed accurately by police.

Drug trafficking charges filed against Ogden man

Many people understand that it is illegal for Utah residents to use, possess or sell illegal drugs like marijuana, cocaine or heroin. However, it is also illegal for people to sell or use prescription drugs without a prescription from a licensed doctor. The penalties for selling prescription drugs are similar to selling any other type of illegal drug and can be severe.

Recently, a Utah man was arrested on drug trafficking charges after police claimed that he was selling prescription drugs illegally. Police claim that the 24-year-old man was subject to a police investigation led by the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, the Weber County Sheriff's Office, the Ogden Police Department and the FBI. According to police, they used a wiretap to monitor 18 different deals between the man and others over a two week period.

Man accused of sex crimes asks Utah court to change venue

Sex crimes are often subject to aggressive prosecution in Utah. Because of the nature of the crimes, people are often harshly judged from the moment allegations of sex crimes arise. Prosecutors want to take these crimes seriously and are often willing to "throw the book at" those accused of sex crimes. Furthermore, the local and national news media often picks up these stories and further sensationalizes them.

This sort of treatment can make it very difficult for those facing allegations of sex crimes -- including charges for child molestation or rape -- to get a fair trial. However, it is everyone's constitutional right to have fair and unbiased criminal proceedings. In cases of sex crimes, people need to fight to make sure this happens, and to give themselves the best opportunity to fight the charges.

Utah man faces homicide charges for murder of ex-wife's husband

When a suspect is accused of a serious crime, they could suffer great damages to their personal and professional reputation. Facing criminal charges also means the possibility of enduring penalties if they are accused. Being allegations also carry a damaging effect, it is important that the accused understands their rights and how to initiate a defense strategy.

After Utah authorities responded to a fatal shooting in Lindon, a 59-year-old man was taken into custody. The man was accused of shooting his ex-wife's new husband. Because the ex-spouses have a history of ongoing domestic violence even following their dissolution, police believe her ex is the leading suspect for the homicide.

St. George woman arrested after drug located in car

When an individual is suspected of a crime, police officers will have a warrant issued. This will allow them to search that individual's person, vehicle or home. Furthermore, this step could result in the arrest of the suspect if certain evidence is uncovered. If drugs are found on them or inside a vehicle or home, they could receive a charge for drug possession. Drug charges often mean serious penalties, so it is important to understand the situation so they could make a defense strategy.

The Washington County Drug Task Force recently served a St. George woman with a search warrant. This resulted in her arrest and a charge for drug possession. According to preliminary reports, the 28-year-old woman was served a warrant to search her vehicle in the Smith's parking lot in St. George. The search uncovered heroin, methamphetamine, Alprazolam and various items of drug paraphernalia.

Man faces charges following DUI accident in Salt Lake City

When authorities stop a driver or arrive at the scene of a crash, there are various steps they need to take in order to establish the cause of the incident or cite a driver for a traffic violation. If an officer suspects that a driver is intoxicated, they could ask the driver to go through a series of tests. Depending on the results of a field sobriety test and even a blood alcohol test, the driver could face an arrest and a DUI charge,

Authorities in Salt Lake arrested a 44-year-old West Valley City man for driving under the influence. This occurred after the driver was involved in an accident that resulted in the death of a 79-year-old man. Moreover, authorities believe that the suspected drunk driver caused the fatal hit-and-run accident.

Utah man accused of DUI following deadly accident

A 44-year-old Utah man is facing DUI charges following a car accident. According to police, the man was driving without a license in late May in the parking lot of an apartment complex when the accident occurred. Police claim that the man was speeding when he hit a Jeep. Following this incident, Salt Lake City police say the man continued on and hit a 79-year-old pedestrian. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries and later died as a result of the accident.

Following the accident, police allege that the 44-year-old man continued to drive for a few minutes before police were able to stop him. When he was stopped police claim that the man had slurred speech and smelled like alcohol. Eventually, a breath test was conducted and the police say it showed that the man had an elevated blood alcohol content level. In fact, police claim that his BAC level was almost three times the legal limit of .08 percent.

Traffic stop leads to drug possession charges for Utah residents

Driving in Utah is highly regulated. There are rules about how fast people can go, how old they have to be to drive, where people can drive and others. In order to enforce these rules, police officers from across the state are busy on the roadways issuing traffic citations. Occasionally, police will pull over a vehicle in order to enforce these rules, but end up charging the driver or passengers with other crimes.

In many cases, these crimes can involve drugs. If police find drugs during a traffic stop, arrests and drug charges are likely for those inside the car.

26 years after death, Utah man charged with murder

There are some cases that police have a difficult time solving. In their desperation to avoid a cold case, they can place the blame on any number of sources. Even years after the fact, police still may be trying to bring charges against anyone for a particular crime.

However, the longer a criminal investigation drags on, the more chances there are for mistakes. Those accused of a crime under these circumstances, need to take care that they are not wrongfully convicted of a crime based on mistakes or inaccuracies made by police over the years.

Utah man found not guilty of sex crimes

Allegations of sexual abuse can be ruin some to a Utah resident. They can result in job loss, social stigma and other non-criminal penalties. Furthermore, if a person is found guilty of sex crimes -- including child molestation -- then that person can face serious criminal punishments. The person can be sentenced to a long prison term and be forced to register on the sex offender registry. While on the registry, people can be limited on where they can live, work and socialize. They may be subject to police monitoring for years after their release from prison.

However, just because someone is accused of a sex crime, does not mean that the person is guilty. False allegations can be made for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, people who have been accused of have the opportunity to defend against the charges in court. Furthermore, they should remember that they also have the right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty.



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