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Reasons for Hope - Your Utah Criminal Defense Case

Being charged with a crime affects more than you ever imagined - jail, job, family, bills, rent or mortgage. It feels like everything has gone wrong, and you are wondering if anything can go right. But facing criminal charges does not mean giving up hope. When you hit rock bottom, you need a hand up. An experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference.

Having a criminal charge does not mean that all is lost. Your life is not over, and the outcome of your case is not set in stone. Felony charges do not always result in felony convictions. Misdemeanor charges do not always result in jail time.

There are many different ways your case can be resolved - taking the case to trial is only one of many possible options. An experienced criminal lawyer can help you explore the various legal defenses that may be available in your case, and conduct a thorough case analysis to help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Taking your case to trial may the best option. Or you may be able to get a better result by negotiating with the prosecutor to reach a resolution.

While your attorney manages your legal case, you can start rebuilding your life, even while your case is still pending. Getting a job, starting treatment or counseling, and enrolling in school all are possible, and can be very beneficial. As you improve your life, you also improve your case by giving the judge and prosecutors reasons to be lenient.

Having hope means knowing that your case has a chance, your life has a chance, that you still have a chance.

Finding a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City

An experienced Utah criminal defense attorney can help you work through the legal process, and help you find reasons to hope. Stephen Howard has successfully defended is clients' rights in thousands of serious criminal cases, with results that include dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and reversals on appeal in serious felony and misdemeanor cases. Based in Salt Lake City, he offers legal services to clients throughout Utah.

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


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