Mike Branum

Mike Branum

Gallian Welker & Beckstrom
  • Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury
  • Arizona, Nevada, Utah
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Biography

After spending most of my adult life running into burning buildings or keeping people alive in the back of ambulances, I went to law school. I have lived and worked in North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Alaska, Nevada, and now I have settled into the beautiful red rock surroundings of southwest Utah - Utah's "Dixie."

With over fifteen years of nursing experience on top of my career in emergency medicine, I have the background to understand the medical aspects of personal injury cases and to assist veterans in making compelling cases for the grant of benefits they deserve.

I am licensed in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. I practice in Mohave County in Arizona, Clark County (primarily Mesquite Justice and Municipal Courts) in Nevada, and the courts of southern Utah. I focus primarily on criminal and family law cases and assisting disabled veterans with their battle for benefits with the VA. I will consult on other civil matters and provide referrals if I do not believe I am the right attorney for your case.

If you are having a "legal emergency," give me a call. I will assist you in getting back to normal.

Education
UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law
J.D. (2018)
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Honors: Pro Bono Honors
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Masters in Public Administration (2005)
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Excelsior College
Associates Degree in Nursing (2003)
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North Carolina State University
B.S. (1991) | Biological Sciences
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Professional Experience
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Gallian Welker & Beckstrom
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Professional Associations
Utah State Bar
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Southern Utah Bar Association
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Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Nevada Justice Association
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State Bar of Nevada
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State Bar of Arizona
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Utah Association for Justice
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American Inns of Court
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Clark County Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arizona
State Bar of Arizona
ID Number: 34464
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Nevada
State Bar of Nevada
ID Number: 15018
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Utah
Utah State Bar
ID Number: 17003
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Additional Practice Area
  • Veterans Disability Benefits
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. My husband and I have a dispute about which school to send our child to. What happens in terms of legal matters?
A: The first thing to do is review your divorce decree and/or child custody order. If one parent has sole legal custody, that parent decides where the child goes to school. This would be unusual. Joint legal custody is the norm. In some instances, however, a decree or order will indicate that the parents share joint legal custody, but one parent has final say in regards to certain issues like education. If one parent is given final say in your documents, that parent decides where the child goes to school. If your documents simply indicate joint legal custody, then the two of you are expected to work together to provide for the best interests of the child. If you take the matter in front of a judge, they will determine what THEY believe to be in the child's best interest. Depending on the age of the child, the child's preference may bear some weight as well. Litigating matters like where a child will attend school are expensive and time-consuming. The Court will require you to attend mediation (which you could elect to do without being ordered to do so, sometimes an neutral third party can help parents compromise) and the process could take some time to resolve. If the child has been attending a school and one of you is attempting to change the status quo, the parent looking to change things will bear the burden of proving that the change is in the child's best interest and that whatever advantage is gained by the change outweighs the negative aspects of the change itself. I strongly encourage the two of you to work this out between yourselves and avoid getting the court system involved. Not only do these types of disputes impede the court's ability to spend limited resources on cases with a greater need, but the two of you working together to act in the child's best interest sets a great example for your child in his or her future relationships with others.
Q. I requested to have my judgement set aside and have been denied, for the reason ARS 13-907(E). I need assistance.
A: E. This section does not apply to a person who was convicted of a criminal offense: 1. Involving a dangerous offense. 2. For which the person is required or ordered by the court to register pursuant to section 13-3821. 3. For which there has been a finding of sexual motivation pursuant to section 13-118. 4. In which the victim is a minor under fifteen years of age. 5. In violation of section 28-3473, any local ordinance relating to stopping, standing or operation of a vehicle or title 28, chapter 3, except a violation of section 28-693 or any local ordinance relating to the same subject matter as section 28-693. What this means is that if your conviction involved a dangerous offense, required registration, involved a sexual motivation, included a victim under 15, or was a violation of the sections mentioned in 5; you do not qualify for a judgment set aside.
Q. I was convicted through plea bargain of a inchoate and principal offense. But there is a statue that says Utah 76-4-302
A: Ultimately the answer is "likely nothing." The time to dispute the contents of a plea agreement is prior to entering the plea agreement. The Court takes a lot of time to ask a lot of questions on the day the plea is entered. Questions like: "Have you reviewed the agreement?" "Do you understand the agreement?" "Are you entering the agreement because you are in fact guilty?" You apparently told the Court that you understood and wanted to accept the plea. The Court does not often reconsider plea agreements due to "buyer's remorse." If I had to guess, I would bet you were CHARGED with both an offense and an attempt and that the offense was dismissed when you pled to the attempt. Not having seen your court documents, I cannot verify my suspicions, but that would be a common occurrence. At this point your best course of action is likely to comply with any remaining terms of your sentencing (fines, probation, etc.) and avoid any further criminal charges. If you believe you are entitled to relief from your judgment, you should not delay in speaking with an attorney because there are deadlines after which you absolutely cannot appeal the terms of the plea agreement.
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Gallian Welker & Beckstrom
965 E. 700 S.
Ste. 305
Saint George, UT 84790
Telephone: (435) 628-1682
Cell: (702) 613-8015
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Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
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