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What does it really mean to seek long-term solutions for each defendant, while being mindful of the interests of victims and society?

In the case of a defendant engaged in DUIs, any substance abuse (alcohol or drugs), or other unacceptable behavior for that matter, the Utah Justice Foundation seeks a solution that will solve the CAUSE of the criminal behavior. The reason? We have an objective for the defendant to exit the criminal justice system permanently!

Sounds simple, right? Yes it does sound simple, but in fact it is the much more difficult road to travel. It is far easier to put the offenders in jail and make them pay hefty fines, and then hope that they "learn their lesson."

The current criminal justice system tends to focus most on punishment because it's easier, less time consuming, and perceived to be less risky and expensive. The primary problem with this approach is the focus is not on the CAUSE of the criminal behavior.

Many other organizations simply direct defendants where THEY wish. We do not!

At the Utah Justice Foundation, we seek to use non-judgmental and forward-thinking approachs to allow each defendant to realize his or her true desires for a life in accord with societal norms! Then, together, we design a program for the defendant to achieve what he or she wants for his or her life in addition to paying any debts owed to victim(s) and to society.

Again, the objective is for all defendants (except those incarcerated for life) to exit the criminal justice system permanently - without repeating offences - thereby achieving long-term benefits for the defendants, for law enforcement, for the courts, for victims, for society, and for the citizens of Utah!

Generally speaking, substance abuse (alcohol, drugs or both) treatment and education classes should and are required by the Court for probation to be ordered as a part of sentencing in cases where substance abuse was involved (especially when abused - e.g., DUI cases) or is alleged to have been involved. Therefore, the Court will order this type of treatment and education in connection with cases involving the following types of charges:

  • Assault.
  • Battery.
  • Child Abuse.
  • Spousal Abuse.
  • Domestic Violence.
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol or Drugs.

Many, if not most, defendants wait to begin alcohol or drug abuse treatment/education classes until after they are ordered by the Court to do so. We believe that this is a huge mistake. The most important thing to realize is that substance (alcohol or drug) abuse treatment/education is for the defendant's benefit, so the sooner he or she gets started, the sooner the personal benefits may be realized.

The Utah Justice Foundation stronly recommends beginning substance abuse treatment/education classes immediately, and most importantly, before appearing before the Court for sentencing. Now, this would definitely be the best approach if the defendant anticipates pleading guilty to a charge(s) and seeks no jail-time or a shorter period of jail-time. This issue of when to start treatment may be approached a bit differently if the defendant does not anticipate a guilty plea or conviction given a competent attorney's opinion.

Some crimes in Utah carry mandatory sentencing requirements, including treatment and/or education classes designed to address the CAUSE of the defendant's criminal behavior. DUI Cases is the most well developed area for mandatory sentencing in Utah. Given the mandatory treatment/education required as part of a DUI conviction, the Utah Justice Foundation stronly recommends beginning substance abuse treatment/education classes immediately! We do not recommend waiting for the Court to order the treatment or education classes. Defendants should get started with the classes right away (and well in advance of sentencing) to:

(1) Show the Court and Prosectutor, that the defendant is taking responsibility for his or her past bad behavior, as well as for the personal objective of not engaging in the same (or related) bad behavior again.

(2) Personally benefit the Defendant, by taking immediate action to address the CAUSE of the bad (or criminal) behavior such that no further damage will result for the defendant or other victims, and the defendant can permanently exit the criminal justice system sooner, rather than later or never.

For a Chart summarizing the DUI charges and mandatory sentencing requirements, including treatment or education classes, click here. Defendants should always consult with a competent attorney as soon as possible to determine the best course to be followed in his or her case.

Friends of the Utah Justice Foundation are immediately available to provide treatment, education and recovery related services with regard to DUIs, SUBSTANCE ABUSE and related behavioral issues. They can be of assistance in treatment or education as to the CAUSE of the problem, and to help you or someone you care about find a long-term solution to and RECOVERY from the unacceptable (or criminal) behavior. Here's the information you will need:

AJ NOVICK Group - Offers anger management classes online or via home study materials - See the short video in column to right - Register Online and use Offer Code X5FM-282 for a discount.
Phone: 949-715-2694

CHANGES Counseling & Consultation, LLC - Out-patient Counseling, Therapy and Treatment Services - English & Spanish - Anger Management Classes, Drug & Alcohol Therapy, Prime for Life, Domestic Violence Conseling, Criminal Thinking Errors Classes, Cognitive Restructuring, Marital Counseling, Individual & Group Counseling & Therapy - Ask for Chris and mention the Utah Justice Foundation for a discount on an Assessment or Evaluation.
Phone: 801-542-7060

BIRCHCREEK Associates, LLC - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Assessments, Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy, other Treatment Services, and More - Ask for Layne Meacham and mention the Utah Justice Foundation for immediate assistance.
Phone: 801-428-7209


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