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Utah Robbery Attorney - Salt Lake Criminal Lawyer

A conviction for robbery in Utah can result in up to 15 years in prison. Potential prison time increases to "life" for a charge of aggravated robbery. If you are facing Utah robbery charges, contact Stephen Howard now to learn how an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney can help you.

Elements of a Utah Robbery Case

Utah robbery charges typically involve allegations that a person has used force or a threat of immediate force against another person in the course of committing a theft. The term "in the course of committing a theft" can include both the actual commission a theft, an attempt to commit a theft, or while fleeing or attempting to flee immediately after a theft or attempted theft.

Utah Shoplifting Defense LawyerWhile the stereotypical robbery may involve masks and guns, many robbery charges arise from situations where the person never intended to commit a "robbery." For example, if a store clerk attempts to stop a shoplifter, and the shoplifter pushes the clerk out of the way while trying to leave the store, a prosecutor may file robbery charges. Under Utah law, shoplifting is considered to be a "theft" offense. Thus, pushing the clerk out of the way can be considered "force" used in the "immediate flight" after committing a theft. Under such circumstances, what started out as a minor misdemeanor charge suddenly becomes a serious felony that can result in substantial prison time.

"Aggravated" robbery charges include all of the elements of an ordinary charge, but also must include proof of at least one of the following: the use or threatened use of a dangerous weapon; causing a serious bodily injury to another; or taking or attempting to take an operable motor vehicle. If a robbery charge is enhanced to aggravated robbery, the potential penalty increases to a maximum of up to life in prison.

Choosing a Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer in Salt Lake City

Finding the best attorney for your case can be a daunting task. But taking the time to evaluate your options is well worth the effort. Stephen Howard is an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney with a record of achieving real results for his clients. His track record includes not guilty verdicts or dismissals in cases including aggravated robbery, burglary, forgery, theft, and more. He has also achieved successful reversals on appeal.

Each case is different, and no attorney can guarantee a particular result. But having an experienced attorney on your side can help to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact Stephen Howard now and learn how he can help you with your case.


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340 East 400 South, Suite 25, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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