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A Better Approach to Utah Criminal Defense Cases

Just being "aggressive" is not good enough. A successful defense lawyer needs a balance of strategy, strength, and skill. How and when you play your cards can be more important than what cards you are dealt. The best attorneys know how to fight hard, and fight smart.

An attorney with a narrow range of abilities is only useful in a limited number of situations. For example, being aggressive can backfire in a situation that requires finesse and diplomacy. In some circumstances, trying to win at all costs or leverage every loophole can damage credibility with the judge or jury, and ultimately hurt your case.

Criminal defense work requires a wide repertoire of abilities: attention to detail, persuasive verbal ability, effective negotiating skills, and technical knowledge in understanding scientific and forensic reports, to name just a few.

Over the course of his career and after representing thousands of clients in felony and misdemeanor cases, Utah criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard has developed and refined a wide range of professional skills. More importantly, he has also learned when and how they are best used.

Balance Achieves Real Results

Stephen Howard has a track record of successfully balancing aggressive representation with legal sophistication. The success of this balanced approach is demonstrated in the record of results he has achieved in various cases.

He has achieved outright dismissals or not guilty verdicts on serious felony charges including aggravated robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, DUI, forgery, domestic violence, and more. He has successfully filed legal motions which resulted in case dismissals in a variety of circumstances and cases. He has successfully negotiated misdemeanor offers for some of the most serious felony charges on the books, including child abuse homicide, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, forcible sexual abuse, kidnapping, drug distribution, and more.

Finding a Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer

Whether you want to take your case to trial, fight it from a legal angle, or try to negotiate the best resolution possible, Stephen Howard has refined the skills necessary to help you achieve the results you need. Based in Salt Lake City, Mr. Howard offers legal services to clients throughout Utah.

Contact us to schedule a consultation with Utah criminal lawyer Stephen Howard.


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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.


Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
340 East 400 South, Suite 25, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.
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