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A Record of Real Results - Utah County Criminal Defense

When you are facing criminal prosecution, you need more than just a sales pitch.  You need straight talk from a seasoned criminal defense attorney. Utah criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard has a record of achieving real results for his clients. His experience includes achieving not guilty verdicts or dismissals on charges including aggravated robbery, burglary, drug distribution, DUI, forgery, fraud, domestic violence, and many more. With a main office in Salt Lake City, he offers services to clients in Utah County including the Provo, Spanish Fork, and American Fork district courts.

Provo Criminal Defense - Effective Strategy

Best Criminal Defense Strategy - Salt Lake LawyerMany attorneys claim to be "aggressive." But a criminal defense attorney who only knows how to be aggressive can be like a bull in a china shop - causing much more harm than good. After handling literally thousands of serious felony charges, Stephen Howard understands that many cases require a more sophisticated approach. If you are facing criminal charges in Provo or another court in Utah County, you don't need an "aggressive" attorney. You need something better - an effective attorney with a record of achieving real results for his clients. Achieving the best outcome on a criminal defense case requires a variety of skills: effective persuasion, sophisticated legal research and writing, tough negotiations, and more. Just fighting hard isn't enough. You have to know how to  fight hard, and fight smart.

Utah County Drug Crimes Defense

A Utah County drug crimes case can present a number of issues. In addition to the variety of legal and factual defenses that often arise in a Utah drug crimes prosecution, there may be the additional issue of addiction or substance abuse. As an experienced criminal defense attorney serving Utah County, Stephen Howard understands that the legal case may be only half the battle.

Stephen Howard has the experience to successfully defend your legal case. His record of results speaks for itself. But his experience defending drug charges in Utah has also taught him that addressing his client's legal needs is not enough.

For a client who is fighting addiction, the legal case is only half the battle. People addicted to drugs or alcohol often find themselves coming back through the criminal justice system over and over again, until they effectively address the addiction or substance abuse issues in your life. Stephen Howard has experience working as defense counsel in a Utah felony drug court program, and has significant training in how the legal system and the treatment world can best be combined. It's one thing to take care of your legal case. But when his clients are fighting a criminal case as well as drug addiction, Stephen Howard has the experience to help move toward a more lasting solution.

Consequences of Conviction - American Fork Criminal Defense

The consequences of criminal conviction can be severe. In addition to the possibility of jail or prison time, there can be substantial fines, loss of licensing, voting privileges, the right to carry a weapon, social stigma, and much more. Whether you are charged with "minor" misdemeanor or a more serious felony, any criminal conviction carries a possibility of serious consequences. As a Utah criminal defense attorney serving Utah County, Stephen Howard.

Utah County Criminal Defense - Attorney Background

Stephen Howard has handled more serious felony charges than most attorneys will see in their entire careers.  He began his criminal defense career as a lawyer with the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association.  His skill as a criminal defense attorney allowed him to advance to the capital defense team where he became one of only a few Utah criminal defense attorneys now in private practice who has successfully avoided the death penalty for a client facing aggravated murder charges.  After representing thousands of clients, Mr. Howard offers Utah County clients a depth of experience that is hard to match.  Learn more.

Utah County District Courts and Justice Courts

With a main office in Salt Lake City, Mr. Howard offers his services to clients in all Utah County District Courts and Justice Courts, including Alpine, American Fork, Genola, Goshen, Highland, Lehi, Lindon, Mapleton, Payson, Pleasant Grove, Provo, Orem, Salem, Santaquin, Saratoga Springs, Spanish Fork, and Springville.

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Being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted. But just being charged can affect more than you may have imagined - jail, job, family, bills, rent or mortgage. It can feel like everything has gone wrong, and may you wonder if anything can go right. But facing criminal prosecution does not mean giving up hope....

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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

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

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