Are you from another state visiting Utah when you were charged with a crime in Utah? Being charged with a criminal complaint while living out of state can make the process much more difficult to fight without a Provo/Orem/Salt Lake City based criminal defense attorney.
Provo Orem based criminal defense attorney Jake Gunter can help you fight your out of state criminal charges. Call him for a free consultation, SKYPE or FACETIME to meet your out of state criminal defense needs. Call (801) 373-6345.
Out of State criminal complaints still carry the same weight as if you were living in Utah. Out of state criminal defendants still have all the rights as Utah citizens do, but it is harder to assert those rights when you live in a different state. Further, just because your home state has legalized marijuana, does not make it legal for you when you are driving through Utah.
Our Provo/Orem based criminal defense attorneys can help you with your out of state criminal charges in the following ways.
(1). Traffic Offenses. Often, when charged with a speeding ticket while driving through Utah from out of state, these tickets can be handled by our Provo/Orem based attorneys, even when they are further down south, such as Moab, Nephi or Kanab. When you hire our attorneys, they will immediately ask the Utah Justice Court traffic judge to excuse your absence and allow you to appear through your hired attorney. Many times, the judge will excuse your court attendance when he understands you are represented by an attorney and you are an out of state criminal defendant.
(2). Misdemeanor Out-of-State Offenses. As an out of state client, you can be charged just like a Utah resident with a Class A, Class B, or Class C Misdemeanor. Depending on your criminal record, what your appearance history is, and whether you have a criminal defense attorney to handle your out of state citation, the judge will waive your Utah mandatory misdemeanor appearance.
(3). Felony Out-of-State Criminal Complaints. Waiving your appearance at a Felony case when you are out of state is much, much harder, but not impossible. Utah Third Degree, nonviolent first time offenders have a much better chance of getting their appearance waived when they live out of state. Either way, your out of state criminal defense attorney will make attempts to waive your attendance for at least preliminary matters. Waiving your attendance for more serious pretrial matters will be much more difficult, nor advisable.
(4). Out-of-State Defense Clients—Video Conferencing. Preparing for your out of state criminal charges is more difficult, but not impossible when you don’t live in the state that you are charged in. Our out of state criminal defense attorneys can use video conferencing on SKYPE, FACETIME or one of the many other free, online video conferencing tools. Out of state witnesses can also be interviewed in the same manner.
Utah’s outdoors are splendid and many people travel to Utah for the great national parks and skiing. While driving out of state, clients pick up DUIs, metabolite drugged driving charges, impaired driving citations, drug possession charges, or drug use criminal charges.
Locations and areas of common out of state criminal charges are Utah’s national parks, state parks, ski resorts and the Salt Lake City airport.
If you don’t deal with your out of state traffic citation, it will turn into a warrant for your arrest. It generally will not go away and the prosecutor can ask the court to extend the arrest warrant. If you are cited for marijuana possession while driving on I-15 down to Moab and you don’t show up in court, an arrest warrant will issue for your arrest.
Hiring a Provo/Orem based criminal defense attorney for your out of state warrant can help alleviate the problem. First, your out of state criminal defense attorney can ask the court to lift the warrant and simultaneously ask for a pretrial conference where the case can be worked out.
You can check the online status of your out of state warrants in Utah here: UTAH WARRANTS SEARCH.
You can also ask your out of state criminal defense attorney to access Xchange and look up the court docket here: PAID PUBLIC SEARCHES.