Criminal Defense Overview
A criminal conviction can carry serious consequences. These types of offenses can follow a person indefinitely. If you are facing criminal prosecution in Utah, the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney can give you the best chances of raising a successful defense. For more information on Criminal Defense in Utah, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Replace doubt with confidence and get the help and legal answers you are seeking.
When a defendant goes on trial for allegedly committing a crime, a prosecutor must establish that the defendant is guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. At the same time, the criminal defendant is entitled to present a defense and may do so through a variety of means. The defendant may attempt to poke holes in the prosecutor’s case, argue that another individual committed the crime, or argue that he or she did commit the crime but had a legal & reasonable defense for doing so.
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Many people facing charges of driving under the influence DUI or driving while intoxicated DWI simply want their legal problems to go away quickly. Usually, they have never been in trouble with the law before, trust the information given to them by the police and assume an admission of guilt or a quick plea bargain is their best option. But in many such cases, patience pays off. A plea bargain or admission of guilt can leave you with a dark stain on your reputation, a criminal record and lost driving privileges.
Violent Crime Defense
For cases involving violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault, our system imposes the most severe penalties, sometimes including life in prison or, in some states, death. Prior convictions can also have profound consequences on individuals facing charges of violent crime. Innocent people go to prison all the time. Faulty witness accounts, mistaken identities, and other errors influence the justice system every day. But if you are arrested on charges of a violent crime, it means the prosecution feels they have a strong enough case against you to win.
Drug Crime Defense
Prosecutors and police consider drug crimes differently than they do other charges because many people consider drug crimes as precursors to other serious crimes. As a result, there is considerable political pressure on law enforcement to clean up the streets and make examples of individuals charged with drug offenses. The State of Utah does not consider drug crimes to be harmless offenses, and levies penalties accordingly.
Property Crime Defense
Property crime sounds like a very broad term and with excellent reason. Technically, the phrase encompasses any crime involving property that does not belong to you and includes everything from trespass to arson. And while the seriousness of the penalties tends to escalate with the severity of the offense, any property crime is a criminal matter. As such, property crimes are prosecuted harshly by the state.
Juvenile Criminal Defense
Many people take juvenile offenses too lightly. We often consider such offenses as simply the mistakes of youth, and assume the penalties for convictions of such crimes are equally insignificant. But the consequences of a juvenile crime conviction can be extremely serious. Such a conviction can lead to loss of driving privileges, jail time or a permanent mark that hampers future opportunities. If a child you love faces a juvenile offense in Utah, Colorado or Nebraska, do not delay.