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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Libel & Slander for Utah on
Q: Someone has committed criminal defamation against me, what do I do? Should i report it to the police?

In a report made to the police in another matter my neighbor told them I am schizophrenic and that is totally %100 flase, she has also spread this falsehood around the neighborhood to other people.

I can file criminal charges right?

76-9-404.  Criminal defamation. 

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Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jun 30, 2020

Defamation is a civil matter. The police are not going to take a report. What you are referring to is filing a false police report. Unless your mental capacity was relevant to the police matter, it is unlikely criminal charges would be sustained for falsely telling police you are schizophrenic. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Criminal Law and Family Law for Utah on
Q: My daughter is in prison and needs a lawyer for custody case. She asked me to find her a pro bono lawyer and Im looking

For info on how to go about this?? Thank you

William Melton
William Melton answered on Jun 17, 2020

You can contact the Utah State Bar. They have resources to direct you to legal help. Also, you can contact the Utah Legal Aid Society. They will be great resources.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: If someone takes my legal property in their house, I'm a resident there, and refuses to return it, is that theft?
William Melton
William Melton answered on Jun 10, 2020

Most likely, it is always difficult to give a yes or no answer because so many things in the law are fact specific. But when someone takes your property and refuses to return it that is considered theft.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Utah on
Q: I was protesting recently and got arrested and charged with indecent public display.

Currently I work as an exotic dancer and I am licensed with an SOB license. If I go in front of a judge and am found guilty of this, would that revoke my license, I can't find anything online regarding it, it says I need to tell them any past arrests but not what would revoke it. I can't... Read more »

Ian Quiel
Ian Quiel answered on Jun 2, 2020

The answer would depend on which municipality issued your SOB license. It also depends on what exactly you are being charged with. An arrest or conviction could possibly impact your license. You should contact an attorney immediately if you have been charged in connection with the recent protests.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: PO Violation due to COVID: Had to violate No Contact PO due to exposure of minor son to COVID.

My ex has a baseless No Contact PO against me. I was sick with several COVID symptoms. While infectious I had visitation with my minor son. I was worried for their whole household. It seemed like exigent circumstances. I told my son who was afraid to tell his mom. I sent her a brief text... Read more »

Ian Quiel
Ian Quiel answered on Jun 2, 2020

Based on these facts, you could have an excellent defense. If your only communication was regarding a potential emergency (exposure to COVID-19), I suggest hiring an attorney to explain this to the DA and fight the case, if necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for Utah on
Q: I HIRED A guy for home improvments 1200.00 up front. said he could park his trailer on property untill he finishes,

one month ago he has made, no progress bought no materials, and is using the garage as a storage unit, i never allowed use of garage. i want him gone i want to move his stuff to storage for 30 days like i would a tenant who has left there things behind. i would call this theft by deception for... Read more »

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Apr 4, 2020

You need an attorney who practices eviction and real estate law.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: so I got charge for weed misdemeanoer today and I have already filled for my immigration per

Since 17 of this month but I indicate (NO)on form I-485 of being charge of any criminal charges will it affect my form or what should I step to take please

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Apr 4, 2020

Contact your immigration attorney STAT.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Utah on
Q: Our13 year old son (who we’ve adopted out of foster care at age 5) has raped our two daughters age 10 and 3.

He has been charged with 21 counts of rape and sodomy between the two victims. County attorney representing my daughters states he will most likely get 6 months or less of treatment/incarceration. He has already admitted to his crimes to police. County attorney is going to reduce charges to gain a... Read more »

Brent J Huff
Brent J Huff answered on Apr 1, 2020

You can hire an attorney, in Utah victim's of crimes have a right to be heard. One thing you should know is that the juvenile justice system sentences offenders for different purposes that adults. In the District court, a criminal sentence is meant to serve retribution or punishment among... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Internet Law for Utah on
Q: Is it illegal if I use my neighbors address to sign him up for large amounts of junk mail over a long period of time?
Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Mar 21, 2020

Yes. Grow up. Find a community service project. Stop being a drain on society.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Probate for Utah on
Q: I was in probation when I was 17 I ranawayand I’m 20 Haven’t had any problems am I good?

When I was 17 I was on probation I did good till about the third month and it kept getting worse and worse living with my dad(he’d get in my face yelling, threaten to hit me, constantly would kick me out then threaten to call my PO for running away constantly degrade me cause my weed charges(2))... Read more »

Brent J Huff
Brent J Huff answered on Mar 10, 2020

You should call an attorney who can look up the case in the CARE system. It seems unlikely that the Court would have any interest in pursuing the case; but, there is no way to know if you are good without determining what occurred in the case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: What defines a "loaded firearm" as it pertains to the transport or storage of a weapon in a personal vehicle?

I am located in Utah. I am doing research regarding the purchase of a firearm to keep in my personal vehicle, most likely a shotgun, for self-defense purposes.

Utah law 76-10-505 states that this may not be a loaded rifle, shotgun, or muzzle-loading firearm.

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Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Mar 9, 2020

Firstly, if you feel the need to carry a shotgun in your vehicle for personal protection; you should likely do one of two things: 1) find a better part of Provo to live in, work in, or frequent (whichever is the case when you feel you need that much personal protection or 2) seek therapy for the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Utah on
Q: a judge is making me deal with DCFS for an unborn child when no other children live in the home? Also go to juvenile co

I'm going to adult court for me, and juvenile court for the unborn child? I don't understand how DCFS can be involved if the child isn't born yet, and if no other kids are in the home. I also don't get why I'm also seeing a juvenile judge for my unborn baby when I'm an... Read more »

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Mar 4, 2020

You need a family law attorney, not criminal defense

3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: Can I file a protective order for my child?

I just want to know if I am able to file a protective order for my child 15 years old against her cousin over 30 years old? He was sending my daughter naked pictures of himself saying it was an accident but also saying he’s ok if he does it accidentally and if she felt like she wanted to send him... Read more »

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Feb 29, 2020

This question is a family law question - try that area.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: If I'm in another state with a detainer on me from Utah... I want to know

is it by law that I get credit for all that time serve from the day the detainer was placed on me?

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Feb 27, 2020

Not enough information to answer your question. Get a consultation with a Utah lawyer to get all the details to them to help you.

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: How much does a Lawyer usually cost for Drug offenses?
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Feb 19, 2020

That's like asking how much a car costs.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: I have a class a mis warrant in Utah and I lost my DL. Can I be arrested at the DMV if I go get another one?

Warrant is for 1st intensive probation violation

Brent J Huff
Brent J Huff answered on Feb 12, 2020

Technically a person can be arrested anywhere because a warrant is a judicial command to any law enforcement to arrest that person. Whether an officer at the DMV is likely to execute a warrant is hard to say. But, if DMV suspended a license due to a warrant, and the warrant still exists, it seems... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Immigration Law for Utah on
Q: I want to move to Utah from England But my brother commited theift and another reslly light crime.Will be able to move
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Feb 9, 2020

You need to discuss this with an Immigration attorney or someone licensed in England.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law and Sexual Harassment for Utah on
Q: can you take 30 year old male relative sending 15 year old niece naked photos from snap chat app, pictures weren’t saved

Niece is 15 and her cousin is 30 he has sent her pictures or his private part but it’s sent from Snapchat and the pictures weren’t saved. The whole conversation is saved but no pictures. In the conversation he does state he’s going to send it and also more than once, he states in one of the... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Feb 7, 2020

The short answer is yes, you can sue. You could file a suit claiming negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, etc. The real question is does the pervy cousin have assets worth the fight? If he owns a home, has a high-paying job, or there is some other asset which may be able to be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Utah on
Q: My best friend is about to have a baby and the babies father got arrested last night. Is there any way he can be release

For the birth of his child

Lane Wood
Lane Wood answered on Jan 16, 2020

This is a difficult question to answer without further information. Without any details, I would assume that the father would have the opportunity to post bail to get out of jail.

I would recommend consulting with an attorney to address the situation further.

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