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Procedural Outline of a Utah Felony Defense Case

The following pages provide a general overview of the criminal court processes involved in defending a felony case in Utah. No two criminal cases are identical, and no web page can replace the assistance of an experienced criminal lawyer. If you are facing prosecution for a felony or misdemeanor charge in Utah, having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can make all the difference.

Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard has successfully protected his clients' rights in thousands of serious criminal cases ranging from murder to drug possession, and virtually everything in between. His track record includes not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and appellate reversals on some of the most serious charges on the books in Utah. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

Felony and Class A Misdemeanor Case Procedure in Utah

  • Felony First Appearance / Initial Appearance
  • Formal Discovery Requests
  • Roll Call / Waiver Hearing
  • Preliminary Hearing / Waiver / Bindover
  • Felony Arraignment
  • Pre-Trial Conference
  • Motion Hearings
  • Jury or Bench Trial
  • Felony Sentencing
  • Felony Appeals - Supreme Court or Court of Appeals
  • Expunging Criminal Records
 

Finding a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City

Defending against felony criminal charges in Utah requires an understanding of complex procedural and evidentiary rules, and often inolves in-depth analysis of various statutes and appellate case law. If you are facing criminal prosecution for a felony or misdemeanor charge, having the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference.

Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard provides legal services to clients throughout Utah. He has successfully protected his clients' rights in thousands of serious felony and misdemeanor criminal cases ranging from homicide to DUI, and virtually everything in between.

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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
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

Call now to arrange for a confidential initial consultation with an experienced and effective Utah criminal defense lawyer.

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

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