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Utah Criminal Attorney - Methamphetamine Possession

Methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance under Utah Code Ann. 58-37-4. At its lowest level, possession of methamphetamine in Utah is charged as a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Depending on the circumstances and location of the offense, or the criminal history of the defendant, enhancements can increase the level of the charge to a second or even first degree felony. If you are facing drug charges in Utah, it is vital to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Salt Lake criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard.

Enhanced Methamphetamine Charges in Utah

Possession of Methamphetamine or Crystal Meth - Utah Criminal Attorney Salt LakeEnhancements to a methamphetamine possession charge can be added for possession in a drug free zone or possession with the intent to distribute. The level of the charge can also be increased in some cases based on the defendant's prior criminal history. These enhancements can, in some cases, increase the maximum potential sentence from five years up to life in prison.

While many Utah judges and prosecutors acknowledge that treatment may be more effective prison time in reducing recidivism, courts can and do impose prison terms in some drug possession cases. Hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help give you the best chance of avoiding prison, jail time, and a felony conviction.

Defending Criminal Methamphetamine Charges in Utah

Defending a methamphetamine possession charge in Utah requires a thorough understanding of various constitutional issues (e.g. Fourth Amendment search and seizure and Fifth Amendment Miranda rights), evidentiary issues (e.g. constructive possession, police use of confidential informants, etc.), as well as the complex procedural issues that can be involved in defending felony charges.

Stephen Howard has successfully defended clients facing charges ranging from first degree felony possession and distribution to third degree felony "simple" possession charges. He is also one of only a few criminal defense attorneys in Utah who has prior experience as drug court defense counsel in one of Utah's felony drug court programs. He works closely with clients to address the legal issues involved in defending a methamphetamine charge, but he also understands that there are additional issues to address relating to drug addiction and substance abuse.

Finding a Utah Criminal Attorney in Salt Lake City

Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense lawyer has successfully protected his clients' rights in cases including first degree felony distribution, possession with the intent to distribute, and "simple" possession cases in Utah's district courts and justice courts.

Contact us today for to schedule an initial consultation with Stephen Howard, and begin the process of formulating the best defense strategy to address your case.


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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.
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