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Supervised Pretrial Release - Salt Lake County

Salt Lake County Pretrial Services provides supervision of individuals charged with a crime who are determined by the court not to be a flight risk and not to be a danger to the community. In most cases, if you qualify for a release through Pretrial Services, you will not be required to post bail or go through a Utah bail bond company. Depending on the bail amount set by the court, a release through Salt Lake County Pretrial Services can save you thousands of dollars.

As an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard is prepared to help you obtain a Pretrial Services release in your case. Mr. Howard has defended clients in literally thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases ranging from aggravated murder to DUI, and virtually everything in between.

Bail Bonds and Criminal Arrest Warrants in Utah

If you have an outstanding warrant for your arrest, going to a bondsman (bail bonds company) in Utah is not your only option. In many cases, arrangements can be made directly through Pretrial Services to recommend a release without posting bail. In other cases, the court's approval may be required. In any case, having an experienced criminal attorney on your side can give you the best opportunity to secure your release from jail while your case is pending.

If you have an outstanding Utah arrest warrant, or if you have a friend or loved one who has arrested in Utah, contact an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney before speaking with a bail bondsman. Doing so may ultimately save you thousands of dollars.

Finding a Criminal Lawyer in Utah

Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard has handled cases ranging from murder to DUI throughout Utah. His track record includes dismissals, not guilty verdicts, reversals on appeal, and successful negotiated resolutions in some of the most serious charges on the books in Utah.

Contact us today for an initial consultation with an experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer.


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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

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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