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Examples of Felonies and Misdemeanors

  Often times it is difficult to understand the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. It all comes down to time of incarceration. A misdemeanor carries a maximum punishment of 12 months incarceration, or jail time. Felonies are crimes that receive punishment in excess of 12 months incarceration. Larsen Law Firm provides knowledgeable and experienced criminal attorneys in Provo, Utah. We want you to better understand the differences between felonies and misdemeanors as well as the levels of severity of the crime committed.    Assault  This can contain multiple levels of severity depending on the type of assault committed. In the case of assault, threatening to cause harm to a pe

Benefits of Choosing Adoption

When you adopt a child, you are doing a wonderful thing. The experience of adopting a child is a positive one but there are many legal processes that will need to take place when going through an adoption. Your adoption lawyer in Provo can help make the transition as smooth as possible by handling the legal side of things. If you are unsure of whether or not to adopt, keep reading for some of the benefits of choosing adoption. Birth Mother Giving up a child is never an easy thing to do but if the birth mother has decided to go the route of adoption, their decision must be supported. Whether they feel they cannot support the child or are simply not ready, they know that there is someone out t

How to win a Custody Battle

  Going through with a custody battle can be difficult. The stress of going to court and doing what is best for your child can be too much to handle on your own. We at Larsen Law Firm in Provo, Utah have custody attorneys that can help you with every step of your custody court case. Below are some steps that you as a parent can take to help you win your custody battle.    Take Action Depending on if you are the mother or the father, whomever takes the initiative to take the other to court will have an advantage in the judge’s eyes. By acting first you show the want for your child to be in your custody and that you are responsible enough to take the appropriate actions to do so.    Pa

Ways a Felony Can Impact Your Life

Being charged with a felony can be a terrifying experience, especially if you are unfamiliar with the aftermath. If you are charged with a felony and need a criminal attorney in Provo, Larsen Law can help with your case whether you feel you are wrongly convicted or feel that you have received unfair punishment for your actions. You may also be wondering how a felony can actually impact your day-to-day life. Here are just a few ways in which a felony can change your life: Finding a Job One of the biggest negative consequences of receiving a felony is the impact it will have on your record for potential employers. When applying for jobs, it is standard for the employer to ask if you have recei

Tips for Avoiding a DUI

  If you’ve ever been involved in an accident that was brought on by driving under the influence, you know that’s it’s a messy and sometimes tragic situation. Whether you were at fault or someone else was, we think it’s smart to proactively do whatever you can do avoid getting a DUI while on the road. You may know most of these tips but we think it’s a good reminder so please read these tips before drinking and driving. Select a Reliable DD When planning a night out, always make sure you select a reliable designated driver if you plan on driving to and from your destination. This person should be someone that you can trust not to drink throughout the night. Picking someone who doe

Tips for Adoptive Parents

  If you’re looking for an adoption lawyer in Provo, Larsen Law can provide you with the help you need by providing legal assistance and by helping you navigate the court system. Going through the process of adoption can be time consuming and stressful but we think the outcome is more than worth it. Once the adoption goes through, you may find yourself facing some questions on how to best handle the situation. Here are some of our tips meant specifically for adoptive parents. Be Patient Adoptions never happen overnight so it’s important to be patient during the entire process. While you’re waiting to bring the adopted child home, make preparations in your home because pretty soon your

Ways a Divorce Attorney Can Help You

Going through a divorce is never an easy process but Larsen Law Firm can provide you with a Provo divorce attorney in order to make the process a little less stressful. If you’ve never used a divorce attorney before, you may be wondering how one could benefit you. There are several ways a Provo divorce attorney can assist you during this difficult process, here are just a few.   Explain Reasons for Divorce You might be unsure what the grounds for divorce are as rules will differ from state to state. Our Provo Divorce Attorneys can explain the different types of divorce and let you know what to list for your divorce if you are unsure.   Help You Understand Property Again, property rules

How Does the Judge Determine Custody?

Going through a divorce can not only impact yourself but all those who are in the family. Great concern and consideration is taken when children are involved in a divorce. “Whenever a custody issue is presented to a judge in court, the judge’s duty is to uphold the “best interest of the child.” In order for a judge to determine which parent should have custody, or if custody should be split, in an attempt to do what is best for the child, the judge will consider various factors to help make this decision. These factors are specifically listed within the appropriate State statute”. Below is a list of specifics to give you a better idea on what the best interests of a child are.  Ea

The Truth About Restraining Orders

  If you’re like me then it’s likely that the only things you know about restraining orders come from television and books. The idea seems simple, you go to a judge and obtain an order to keep a dangerous person away from you. But when would it be appropriate to seek a restraining order, and what kind of situation do I have to be in to get one? The first question that I’m inclined to ask is to what extent of danger do I have to be in to obtain a restraining order? I mean if I just go to a police station and request a restraining order, out of the blue, will they take me seriously or will I get laughed at? Well, being a subject of personal curiosity, and of general interest to this blo

What is Alimony and how does it work?

Alimony, or spousal support, also called maintenance or spousal maintenance in commonwealth countries, is based on some fairly simple, very old ideas. The basic assumption of alimony laws is that one partner of a marriage remains responsible for the financial well being of their spouse, even after a divorce or separation. Traditionally this has been seen as the obligation of a husband to his (ex)wife, but there has been a more recent trend towards gender equality in when alimony assessments are made. The idea of alimony is an old one, in fact, the code of Hammurabi (1754 BC) outlines the obligations of a man who wishes to separate from a woman who had his children, married or not. And the i