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Darren Levitt
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Salt Lake City Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney
Salt Lake City Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney

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With 4th of July festivities taking place this weekend; police will be on increased lookout for drunk drivers. If you plan on celebrating this holiday with alcohol, make sure to find a sober ride home. However, if you are pulled over for a DUI in Salt Lake City it is important to know your rights and have an experienced defense team on your side. Stay safe! #4thofJuly  #DUI #SaltLakeCity 

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With the many attractions and beautiful scenery that Salt Lake City has to offer, it has become a popular tourist destination for people across the nation. There are certain activities that may be legal in surrounding states but are still against the law in Utah. This includes possession of marijuana, which while legal in Colorado, is a serious offense under Utah law. If charged with a criminal offense, you cannot simply escape the charges by going back to your home state.

Attorney Darren Levitt has extensive experience dealing with the Utah court system and will fight hard to prevent any criminal charges from following you back home. ‪ #visitorarrests   #SaltLakeCity  

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Failing to abide by firearm and weapon rules can result in harsh penalties in the state of Utah.  Oftentimes, individuals may not even realize that they are committing an illegal offense. Common firearm offenses include carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, felony discharge of a firearm and the carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle or street.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, Levitt Legal is ready to fight your charges and defend your second amendment rights. Attorney Darren Levitt will work hard to find weakness in the prosecution’s case and fight for favorable outcomes such as case dismissal. #weaponscharges   #SaltLakeCity  

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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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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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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. 

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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

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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.  

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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

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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
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