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Davis County Criminal Defense Lawyer - Results

Criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard has handled more serious felony and misdemeanor cases than most attorneys will see in their entire careers. His track record includes dismissals or not guilty verdicts on cases including aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, drug distribution, drug possession, domestic violence, DUI, forgery, and many more. He is one of only a few attorneys now serving Davis County in private practice who has successfully avoided the death penalty for a client charged with aggravated murder. He has handled thousands of serious felony and misdemeanor cases for his clients.

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Davis County Criminal Defense - Attorney Philosophy

Any attorney can claim to be "aggressive." As an experienced criminal defense lawyer serving Davis County, Stephen Howard has learned the difference between an "aggressive" defense and an "effective" defense. To get real results requires a combination of skill, strategy, and strength. A good attorney knows how to fight hard, and also how to fight smart. After handling thousands of criminal defense cases, Mr. Howard has developed an approach to criminal defense that is designed to get the results his clients need. "Aggressive" representation has its place. But there are many situations that call for a sophisticated and sometimes subtle approach. Learn more.

Davis County Criminal Defense Lawyer - Drug Crimes / DUI / DWI

As an experienced criminal defense attorney serving Davis County, Stephen Howard understands that there is often more to a criminal case than just the legal issues. Drug and alcohol abuse play a significant role in many criminal defense cases. Mr. Howard served previously as defense counsel for a felony drug court program, a position that gave him significant training and experience in the relationship between substance abuse and the legal system. Drug possession, paraphernalia, and DUI / DWI charges all have an obvious connection to alcohol and drugs. But many "non-drug" charges have their roots in the client's addiction or substance abuse issues. If drugs are a part of your life, you need a lawyer who understands more than just the legal system. Mr. Howard's training and experience can help guide you toward a more lasting solution. Learn more.

Davis County Criminal Defense Lawyer - Consequences of Conviction

Any criminal conviction carries the potential of serious consequences. Whether you are facing a "minor misdemeanor" or a more serious felony charge, incarceration and other collateral consequences are at stake. Depending on your charges, you could lose your driver's license, your job, your right to hunt, your right to vote, professional licensing, and more. Even a first DUI can easily land you in the Davis County Jail. An effective criminal defense lawyer serving Davis County can give you your best chance of achieving a positive outcome in your case. Learn more.

Davis County Criminal Lawyer - Background

Stephen Howard began his career as a lawyer with the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association. His position as a felony trial attorney put him in court three, four, and even five days each week. As a result, he received more real courtroom experience during his years with the Legal Defender Association than most attorneys will see in their entire careers. His skill as lawyer earned him a position on the capital defense team, where he became one of only a few attorneys now in private practice to have successfully avoid the death penalty for a client charged with aggravated murder.  After representing thousands of clients, Mr. Howard offers Davis County clients a depth of experience that is hard to match.  Learn more.

Mr. Howard serves clients in Davis County, including Farmington, Layton, Bountiful, and all District Courts and Justice Courts in Utah. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.


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

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

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.

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