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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: If I’m driving in city A with no headlights can city B pull me over and have the case held In city B court.

Didn’t/wasn’t driving in city B when the offense happened

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Dec 6, 2022

Police officers can pull you over in any city. They are not restricted to "their" city for jurisdiction. However, if they pull you over in another city, the case would be in that other city. This is a slightly more complicated answer, because there may be times when that can happen. It... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: My husband hit my ex’s car window, now he’s being charged with disorderly conduct. Is getting an attorney worthwhile?

I was trying to speak to my ex husband about our children, and he disrespectfully rolled up his window while repeating, “I don’t care.” My husband approached the vehicle. He slapped the car window (open palm) to get my ex’s attention and asked him to listen to me. My ex then rolled the... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Nov 25, 2022

It is always a good idea to consult with an attorney. Disorderly conduct can be charged as an infraction or as a misdemeanor. You should definitely at least speak to an attorney so they can advise your husband on the potential penalties of the charge. Having the disorderly conduct could come back... Read more »

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Q: I receive a speeding ticket in UT for driving 92 in a 70 mph zone. I live in CA. Can I contest without court appearance?

I would like to dispute the ticket as I don’t believe I was driving that fast and was going with the flow of traffic. Is there a way to dispute or dismiss a ticket without appearing at court?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Nov 20, 2022

Many courts are still allowing people to appear by video when they live out of state. You can either contact the court and see if they'll allow you to appear by video. Or, you can contact an attorney in Utah who handles traffic tickets to assist you.

2 Answers | Asked in DUI / DWI for Utah on
Q: I have a appointment with the DMV for my licence because of a driving with metabo in my system. What am i supposed ……

What am i supposed to say? What do i want to avoid saying? I wasnt high driving there was just drugs in my blood i was on lunch from work….

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Nov 19, 2022

You don't say anything. You need to hire an attorney. I never have my clients testify at the DLD hearing. You need to hire an attorney to assist you. DUIs are complicated and you are going to end up hurting your case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: I was stereo typed, passing this cop, he flipped around as i pulled into my trailer park which is posted no trespassing

Our lots are owned by the people not rented. He sped up im already around the corner and pulled up to my house. Flips his lights. He asks for my info and pulled me out of my truck. Doesnt say or ask anything takes his dog and goes right in my truck. Can he do that? Im asking him hey where is your... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Nov 18, 2022

You need to contact an attorney to review and assist you in your case. You need an attorney. Do not speak to anyone about the case and consult with an attorney. Based of what you're saying there are likely many issues with the officers conduct, but until an attorney looks at all the police... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: I received a speeding ticket for going 73 on a 50. I’m only 17. Can I get points reduced so my license isn’t suspended?

I received a ticket for going 23 mph over, which will result in 75 points on my record. I’m under 21 which means I can only have 70 points on my record. What can I do to reduce points so I don’t have my license suspended? I have a clean driving record prior to this incident.

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Nov 6, 2022

You contact the prosecutor to see if they will reduce the speed or allow you to complete traffic school. You can also contact an attorney to help you. Speeding tickets are only infractions so the court won't appoint you an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: I got pulled over for reckless driving going 108 but I had an activate warrant for a citation I got transported to jail

These are fake answers from these attorneys to practice there line of work by taking advantage of situations don't let them fool you

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Oct 24, 2022

There isn’t anything you can do about the tow and impound fees. You need to contact an attorney who handles traffic cases to help you with the reckless driving. It’s a class b misdemeanor. They don’t seem like a big deal, but I’ve have clients tell me their insurance company dropped them... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: What happens if I’m facing a criminal charge but the officer didn’t put me into the actual report.

The officers police report states that the person being charged. Has the same name as me, but a different date of birth.

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Oct 3, 2022

You need to hire an attorney to represent you. If you cannot afford one, the court will appoint an attorney for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: I live in Utah but have an out of state licence. I was sited for doing 101 in a 70 on the i15.

I would like to minamize any points on my California record. Therefore is there any steps I can take at my court apperance in order to minamize any impact on my record. Also is there any way to convince the judge to knock the speed down.

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Oct 3, 2022

The judge doesn't have the ability to knock the speed down. Your best chance is to try and persuade the prosecutor to do it. You can reach out to them yourself or hire an attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: (Utah) I was convicted of F3 Voyeurism, but I might be in a Catch-22 as far as post sentence relief.

I was released from prison in 2019. From my research, I can only qualify for SO Registry removal if my conviction was Misdemeanor Voyeurism and not Felony Voyeurism, however, since I'm on the registry I apparently don't qualify for a 402 reduction, and since I'm convicted of a felony... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Oct 2, 2022

I haven't reviewed the statute on the length of registration for your offense, but assuming it is a 10 year registration (10 year from the end of probation) you cannot get a 402 reduction while you're on the registry. There is no exception to this. So you have to be off the registry... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: In utah during a search warrant do the officers need to be wearing body cams
William Melton
William Melton
answered on Sep 29, 2022

Aric is correct. Every police department should have a policy regarding body cameras. You should contact an attorney to represent you. They will know how to get the body cam and the police department's policy.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: Im 17 and got a ticket in Colorado and I live in utah, can my ticket be taken care of over the phone?

I don't know if I have to show up in person to Colorado to get this taken care of or if I can just pay my fine over the phone? On the citation it says that a parent or guardian has to be with me in my "court date" The problem is my parents say they won't drive to Colorado with... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Sep 28, 2022

You need to ask an attorney in Colorado to know for sure, but I think you can just pay the fine without appearing. Most states allow traffic tickets to be resolved without personally appearing. You should call the court directly and ask them. They may even have an option for you to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Divorce for Utah on
Q: In Utah: Dvrce pndng in MT, X tells my son has a Court Order to take a truck owned b4 we were married - criminal?

RECORDED claiming she has a Court Order (ridiculously false) to take a truck originally titled to my dad, changed to me b4 marriage, she knows I've put $thousands in it, just painted it and am I'm selling it - and makes this claim. Attempted theft by deception?? What about claiming a... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Sep 16, 2022

You should report it to law enforcement. I suspect they will tell you it's a civil matter(it's not, but that's how they get out of dealing with it), but I would still make the police report.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Can a third degree felony of disarming a peace officers energy device be expunged?

Can a Class A misdemeanor of simple assault on a peace officer be expunged?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Aug 11, 2022

Yes, it can.

Here is BCI's website with some information on expungements.

https://bci.utah.gov/expungements/

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Can a judge grant you an early dismissal with a Plea and Abeyance?

Meaning if your Plea and Abeyance said 18 months can a judge dismiss your case and the charges after only 6 months if you have completed all other required terms?

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Aug 8, 2022

Yes, it is possible. However, it is unlikely. Your best chance is to get the prosecutor to stipulate first and then ask the judge to do it. I've done this many times.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Utah on
Q: Can a plaintiff without representation request a plea in abeyance from an attorney? What would they need to provide?
William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jul 26, 2022

The plaintiff is the city/state that is prosecuting you. You would be the defendant. You can always represent yourself and contact the prosecutor to see if they will offer you a plea deal (a plea in abeyance is a type of plea deal).

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: I was got a speeding ticket in utah driving at 27mph over speed limit on a 65mph road. Can i get it dismissed?

The cops says he caught me on radar going 31mph over the limit. I was pretty sure I was going around 90 which is 25mph over the limit. There were no cars on the road & it was downhill.

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jul 15, 2022

It is unlikely that your ticket will get dismissed. There is a huge push right now, especially by highway patrol, to catch and ticket high speed violators. Most troopers aren't cutting any sort of breaks. There are some ways to fight traffic tickets, but a lot of the time we are able to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Charge is Possession of a credit card. It was found in my bosses vehicle and I was charged

I was taking a nap in the vehicle when a cop showed up . Keep in mind we’re at my work property, the cop knocks on the rear passenger window and says we got a call on a dog in the back of a vehicle.

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jul 7, 2022

There isn't enough information here. What is your question? You should contact an attorney directly for assistance. If you have been charged with a crime and cannot afford an attorney the court will appoint one for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Utah on
Q: If a cop is from another city and pulled you over, but did not get approval from the city where the stop happened

is it an automatic dismissal? 77-9-3 2a

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jul 6, 2022

No, a cop has jurisdiction all over the state.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: My boyfriend hes being charged with burglary on 3rd degree with unlawful intry he being charged on a fingerprint only

They have him in jail since April 17 on a fingerprint his appointed lawyer don't help him he just wants him to sighn a paper to send him to prison I dont think he should be in there only for a fingerprint they have no other evidence against him hes not on camera they have no Witnesses the... Read more »

William Melton
William Melton
answered on Jun 27, 2022

As mentioned you should consider hiring an attorney if you do not feel he is being treated fairly. I'm sure there is more to the story, but if you hire an attorney they will be able to help.

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