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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Utah on
Q: If I am a teacher and I get charged with criminal trespass, can I get fired?

I was on a hike with my kids and there are some abandoned water towers that have no trespassing signs. So of course we had to go and check it out. When we got done with our hike a police officer was waiting for us and gave me a citation for criminal trespass and contributing to the delinquency of a... View More

Margaret Olson
Margaret Olson
answered on Aug 10, 2016

This is both an employment and criminal law question, but you should deal with the criminal aspect first. Talk to a lawyer about defending against the charges.

The employment question will likely depend upon your employer's policies.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Utah on
Q: Is there anyone who can help with secondhand smoke coming into our private home from a duplex next door?

There is all kind of help for landlords and tenants relating to secondhand smoke, but we are finding it difficult to find help for secondhand smoke coming from a duplex next door, and entering into our home. It is so bad, that our family is experiencing everything from eye irritation, nasal and... View More

Margaret Olson
Margaret Olson
answered on Aug 10, 2016

Under Utah law, environmental tobacco smoke is a statutorily defined nuisance. See Utah Code Ann. 78B-6-1105. While this statute is expressly directed to condominium units and apartments, it should also apply to a duplex that you are renting. You may need to have a lawyer assist you in evaluating... View More

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