If I am accused of a crime in Utah, how can a criminal defense lawyer help me? Being accused of a crime can be an incredibly stressful and scary experience. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next.

Why would you need a criminal defense lawyer?

In this situation, a criminal defense lawyer can protect your rights and assist you in navigating the complex legal system, and acting on your behalf as you do. Here’s how we can help:

Experience, Knowledge, and Expertise: We know the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. We understand the specific laws and procedures in Utah and are often familiar with specific players such as police, prosecutors, and judges.  We can use this knowledge to build a strong defense for the accused. Our experience can make a world of difference in the outcome of our client’s case.

Investigation and Evidence Gathering: When necessary, we will investigate the client’s case.  That means talking to witnesses, reviewing police reports, requesting documents from government agencies, and then reviewing and analyzing evidence. We often uncover facts or inconsistencies that the prosecution missed, which when revealed at the most strategically reasonable time, help cast doubt on the government’s case and lead to the best outcome possible for the client, whether a dismissal or a better plea offer.

Negotiation and Plea Bargains: In many cases, we can negotiate with the prosecutor to get the client’s charges reduced or even dismissed altogether. We can work with you to determine the best course of action, whether taking the case to trial or accepting a plea bargain if it’s in your best interest.

Trial Representation: If your case goes to trial, we will be your advocate in the courtroom. We will select the jury, cross-examine witnesses, present your defense in opening statements and closing arguments, and argue the facts of your case before the factfinder – the judge or jury. Our courtroom skills and experience can be crucial in getting you a fair outcome.

Protecting Your Rights: Throughout the entire process, we will make sure that your state and federal constitutional rights are protected. Through diligent and honest communication, we ensure that our clients understand their options and are making informed decisions, and they know that we have fought for their fair treatment under the law.

Emotional Support: Facing a criminal accusation can be emotionally draining. We do our best to be a source of non-judgmental understanding, support, and guidance during this difficult time. We do so by answering client questions, explaining legal jargon, and helping clients understand what to expect at each stage of the process.

Ultimately, a good criminal defense lawyer can be the difference between a good and bad outcome. We work to help you avoid harsh penalties, protect your future, and give you peace of mind during a difficult time.

Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty. It is not at all advisable to try to navigate the criminal justice system alone. An experienced and qualified criminal defense lawyer can fight for your rights and give you the best chance at a fair outcome.