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Darren Levitt
Attended University of Utah, SJ Quinney College of Law
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With 2.2 million people in #jails and #prisons , the United States had one of the highest incarceration numbers in the world. To try and reduce prison populations, the nation’s court system is trying to predict the likelihood that an offender will repeat again with a lengthy questionnaire.

Rand Corp., a nonprofit that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis, found that the questionnaires can be up to 70% accurate in predicting the likelihood of repeat offenses, but also expressed skepticism of the survey’s effectiveness, including its reliance on criminals to give truthful responses. Critics also note that by asking about the convicted criminal’s family, demographics, and socio-economic factors, it is inferring that we should sentence people differently based on poverty levels. #crime  
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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for #Utah is planning on talking with American Indian tribes in the state regarding a new memo that deals with the legalization of #marijuana on lands that belong to federally-recognized tribes.

The tribes that seek to legalize the substance will be required to follow the same conditions required in states that have decriminalized the drug since it is still in violation of federal law. Since marijuana is still illegal in the state of Utah, the tribes might face challenges when it comes to transporting marijuana off reservation lands. It is still unclear as to what tribes, if any, would like to allow the use of marijuana. 
Department of Justice memo opens the door to possible legalization of marijuana cultivation, possession on American Indian reservations.
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A job posting by the #SaltLakeCity Police Department for a “beer decoy” has sparked much controversy with local business owners. The police department is looking to hire minors between the ages of 18-20 to help police catch clerks who are selling alcohol to minors. The minors will visit convenience stores and grocery stores and attempt to purchase beer. If the clerk sells them beer, then he/she is given a #misdemeanor citation. Owners of the local grocery and convenience stores think that the police are trying to trap people into getting caught. The Salt Lake City Police Department is backing the program, claiming that it will help eliminate alcohol sales to youth.  
SALT LAKE CITY – A job posting seeking people between the ages of 18 and 20 to help police catch clerks who sell alcohol to minors is causing some controversy. The position is called a “beer decoy”...
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I hope everyone has a happy #LaborDayWeekend! As this tends to be one of the more dangerous times to be on the roads, Salt Lake City will be having checkpoints to show that drunk driving won’t be tolerated. Be aware of your rights and drive safely! #DWI  #SaltLakeCity
While Labor Day weekend is considered the unofficial end of the summer vacation season, it also has the more notorious distinction of being the close of the period known as the 100 deadliest days on Utah highways.
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+LawyerLegion Thanks for the update. Check out my profile on NORML's new website. http://lawyers.norml.org/utah/darren-m-levitt
 
We are proud to announce that +Lawyer Legion  just launched the membership directory for NORML.org, an organization dedicated to reforming marijuana laws across the United States.

The membership directory helps the public "Find a Lawyer" among the 600+ attorneys on NORML's Legal Committee. Many of the top criminal defense attorneys belong to the NLC.

NORML's membership directory is unique because members can add their photo, detailed biography, social media links, blog feeds and more. Those profiles also feed over to the profiles on http://www.lawyerlegion.com/.

We are proud to partner with NORML. We will be making more announcements soon as we launch the membership directories for other popular legal organizations.
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Efforts to legalize marijuana in Utah heat up after our neighbors in Colorado legalize it for recreational purposes. Tourist, especially those on the ski slopes may just head to Colorado. The travel industry will be tracking how much money is lost because of prohibition. Read more about the draconian laws in Utah criminalizing even small amounts of marijuana for personal consumption.
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According to the Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant’s State of the Judiciary speech, 80% of crimes involve an underlying drug or alcohol problem. He went on to say that drug courts do not have enough treatment slots available and over 50% of those who would otherwise qualify for drug court cannot be admitted.

Durrant urged legislatures to make sure adequate resources are available so that every offender that needs drug, alcohol or mental health treatment can receive it. This is much needed reform to ensure lower recidivism rates and to ensure that offenders receive the treatment they need. #crimes #Utah 
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New FBI data shows that even though Utah’s crime rate is still among the lowest in the country, violent crime is steadily rising in the state. The rate per 100,000 residents went up by 9% from 2012 to 2013.

One of the contributing factors to this increase in crime is the revision to the definition of rape, which now includes cases where the victim can’t give consent due to age or the influence of drugs or alcohol and includes male victims. With this new definition, the rate of rape in #Utah increased by 44%. #crimerate
Although Utah's crime rate is still among the lowest in the country, new FBI data shows violent crime is steadily rising in the state.
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In a recent survey from UtahPolicy.com, 64% of likely voters think teachers should “definitely” or “probably” be allowed to carry concealed weapons in the classrooms, and 60% of voters think that teachers who bring #guns to school should be required to inform both parents and school administrators. This survey was conducted after a sixth grade teacher shot herself in the leg while using a faculty restroom. Even with the majority in favor of informing parents of the teachers who are carrying guns, Democratic Rep. Carol Spackman Moss said that will not likely be enough to change the #Utah gun laws. The question remaining is whether there will be enough concern among parents and the public to initiate a change in the law. #gunlaws
Most Utahns support guns in classrooms, a new polls finds, but they also want to know which teachers are packing heat. The survey from UtahPolicy.com found that 64 percent of likely voters think teachers should “definitely” or “probably” be allowed to carry concealed weapons in the classroom, with 60 percent of voters saying educators who bring guns to school should be required to inform parents and school administrators. “Utahns really ...
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Visit my website to read more about the penalties and punishments for marijuana crimes in Salt Lake City and the State of Utah. The public is often unaware of just how harsh the penalties have become.
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Thanks for the info. I wondering if it has influenced ski and mountain biking tourist to head to Colorado.
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According to a report issued by the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to the Utah Legislature, deaths attributed to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs increased dramatical...
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From Salt Lake City - Read more about problems with DUI Investigations by the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP)

Part of the problem may be the fact that UHP is rewarded for the number of DUI arrests, not the way officer weed out the drunk drivers from those who had a drink but are not impaired.

Lisa Steed, the Utah Highway Patrol's 2007 Trooper of the Year, was fired after it was revealed in 3rd District Court that she violated department policies, falsified police reports and used questionable practices when making DUI arrests.

Read more about DUI investigations by the Utah Highway Patrol in Salt Lake City - http://www.defenselawutah.com/CriminalDefense/DrunkDrivingDUI.aspx
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