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FAQs

At Godfrey Law, we know that many people are unfamiliar and confused about Utah Laws.

We try our best to answer some of your questions so that you can make informed decisions.

When you are being arrested and charged, the law requires that your Miranda Rights are read to you.

If you are charged, and the arresting officers fail to read your Miranda rights, any evidence produced for the case against you can’t be used in court.

The case is not likely to be dismissed, so your criminal defense lawyer should ask for a dismissal on the basis that there is no evidence.

Many people have this wrong notion that you can’t own anything for some time after filing for bankruptcy. This is not the case. You will own your exempt property and anything you obtain after you file for bankruptcy.

On the other hand, if you receive an inheritance, a property settlement or life insurance benefits within 180 days after a bankruptcy filing, the proceeds may have to be paid to your creditors if the money or property is not exempt.

Child custody mediation is done by both parents and their advocates meeting with a third party to agree on what is best for their child or children. It allows the two parties to talk and discuss child custody. This is more cost-effective than going through the court system.

Utah courts will always look at factors that will determine the best interests of the child. Many of these factors can depend on what the parents would like to do for the child. In some cases, the court may consider the child’s preference.

This would depend on how quickly you can provide your legal counsel with the information needed to prepare your bankruptcy paperwork.

Bankruptcy filing usually takes from one to seven days. In cases of emergencies, your lawyer may be able to file the on same day if all sufficient information is provided.

If you don’t have the means to pay for a private lawyer, getting a public defender is an option that you can consider.

Take note that public defenders handle many cases and may not have the time to focus on your case the way private lawyers can.

Facing criminal cases is a serious matter. The stakes are high, so it is advisable to get an experienced criminal lawyer to handle your case.

Criminal lawyers can now offer payment plans to make it easier for clients. You can now have the best defense for your case without the burden of paying huge upfront fees.