The drive along Interstate 70, in central Utah, is remarkable for its unremarkableness. Just to the north, there are strikingly beautiful salt flats and the abrupt, snow-capped peaks of the Wasatch front. Just to the south are the red-rock deserts and world-famous national parks: Zion, Arches, Canyonlands. But I-70 threads the needle, and doesn’t pass a single interesting site in a state full of them. It starts with bleak, rolling pinon hills at the I-15 junction, and ends with bleak, rolling clay hills at the Colorado border.
You pass only one real population center: the City of Richfield, in Sevier County, just about smack in the middle of the drive. One can partake of a wide variety of chain-restaurants there, and one can fill one’s car with a wide variety of gasoline. One can also get arrested for Marijuana-related offenses, and many do. The most popular ways are Possession of Marijuana and Driving with a Measurable Controlled Substance in one’s body.
The way it usually works is, the Trooper pulls you over for speeding (everybody speeds on I-70). The Trooper smells the distinct odor of cannabis. The Trooper searches your car, finds the pot, and often along the way gets you to admit that you’ve smoked it within the last few days. You are now charged with the two crimes mentioned above, and you are given a court date in Sevier County Justice Court, or possible Utah’s Sixth District Court in Richfield.
Now, these marijuana crimes are not crimes over the border in Colorado (not state crimes, at least), but in Utah they are taken very seriously. So if this scenario or something like it has happened to you, feel free to get in touch with me to discuss your case. The initial consultation is free, and there’s no obligation to hire me afterwards, so it can’t hurt.