Criminal Defense

Utah Criminal Defense

FrustrationBeing charged with a crime is tremendously stressful, and a criminal conviction could have significant negative consequences for you. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, you are facing possible restrictions of your rights and privileges. To help avoid these penalties and collateral consequences of conviction, you need someone on your side. You need someone dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients accused of misdemeanor and felony crimes.

Utah Criminal Defense Attorney

Our firm provides criminal defense of state and federal offenses. We offer creative and diligent representation to every client who comes to us for help. The impact of a conviction, whether it be a misdemeanor or a felony can complicate your life. Consequences of a conviction will follow you for the rest of your life, because of this we treat each case as if we are going to trial. We don’t look for a quick plea deal and we understand that you deserve quality legal services regardless of whether you are facing a year in jail or a lifetime in prison. We defend all criminal charges such as:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Crimes
  • DUI
  • Sex Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes

Salt Lake City Criminal Trial Attorney

Crimes are divided into two main classifications of offense: misdemeanor and felony. In general, a misdemeanor is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail. A felony is an offense punishable by a sentence between one year and life in prison, or by death. Examples of misdemeanors are:

  • Alcohol-Related Traffic Crimes – DUI, DWI, and APC
  • Assault
  • Shoplifting and Theft
  • Domestic Abuse

Misdemeanors are considered “minor crimes,” and are subject to less stringent penalties than felony conviction, but there is nothing minor about spending a year in jail. Our skillful attorneys can launch a strong defense, working to get your case dismissed, to win a not-guilty verdict, or to find sentencing options that can keep you out of jail and allow you to clear your record.

Other crimes are always charged as felonies. Such as violent crimes, sex crimes, and most drug crimes. These crimes are punishable by terms of one year to life in prison. A felony conviction can often carry collateral consequences and can restrict a person’s liberty long after a sentence has been served. For example, convicted felons are unable to hold certain jobs, they are prohibited from possessing firearms and can lose lose voting rights. Some examples of felonies are:

  • Violent Crimes: Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Murder
  • Crimes against Children: Child Abuse or Neglect, Sexual Abuse, Child Pornography
  • Drug Crimes: Possession of a Schedule I or II Drug, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Trafficking
  • White Collar Crimes: Fraud, Embezzlement
  • Sex Crimes: Rape, Sexual Assault, Lewd Acts

Advocating for people’s constitutional rights in salt lake city, draper, and South Jordan

Our justice system is adversarial, this means that when a prosecutor files charges against a defendant, the defendant is often charged  with the most serious charges available and is facing tough sentencing. This is why it is crucial to have a defense attorney on your side.

Regardless of the crime with which you have been charged, you have rights and you deserve someone who will fight to enforce your rights. Criminal defense is a matter of justice, you have the right to assistance from counsel and the right to fair treatment by the courts. If you, your friends or family members have been charged with a crime, Garner Law can help.