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BY MICHAEL S. GLASSFORD

(Please understand that the answers to these questions are general in nature and may not cover every individual situation.)

The arrest for drug possession usually comes out of the blue. Sometimes you are driving in your car and are stopped for a minor traffic offense. Other times there is a knock at the door and officers burst in with a warrant. There is the ignominy of being handcuffed and searched, and the hours or days waiting in lockup before either being bailed out or transferred to a unit at the jail.The question is now that you have been arrested, what should you do next? Some people who are arrested for drugs aren’t drug users themselves. They just get caught in a bad situation usually while helping a friend or relative. Others have an addiction problem for which they need help getting treatment. Some defendants just find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. What you do about the drug arrest depends on your circumstances, your criminal history, and on what expectations you have. In deciding what to do about a case it is important that you know what will be happening. Read more…

(Please understand that the answers to these questions are general in nature and may not cover every individual situation.)
Child custody is based on the “best interests of the child,” which is, according to Utah courts, a mixed question of law and fact. If the higher courts or the legislature gave no further guidance to judges, the term “best interests of the child” could very well be equivalent to “what the judge ate for breakfast.” In order to avoid this result, the courts and the legislature have created “factors” for judges to consider and address when determining the “best interests” of children.

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