Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Utah
Call Criminal Defense Attorney in Utah
Call Utah Criminal Lawyer
Veteran Criminal Defense Attorney / Former Prosecutor
Call 801-449-1409 now to see what our team can do for you.
Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer Salt Lake City

Criminal Defense Solutions Start HereSM

Contact Us

Theft by Deception Utah - Criminal Defense Lawyer Salt Lake

If you are facing criminal charges for theft by deception in Utah, you could be facing substantial jail or prison time as well as thousands of dollars in fines. Theft by deception charges in Utah combine elements of theft with elements of fraud. Hiring an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney can be the best step toward ensuring that your rights are protected. Based in Salt Lake City, criminal lawyer Stephen Howard has a track record of achieving real results.

Elements of a Theft by Deception Charge in Utah

Utah criminal law contains several varieties of "theft" crimes. The offense of theft by deception occurs when a person "obtains or exercises control over property of another by deception and with a purpose to deprive him thereof." The element of "deception" does not change the level of this theft offense, but it often means that other crimes may be filed in addition to the theft by deception charge.

One typical combination of charges is theft by deception and forgery. A person accused of passing a forged check and receiving cash by falsely representing that the check is good my be charged with both forgery (for passing the bad check) as well as theft by deception (for obtaining the cash by deception).

Another typical combination arises when a person is accused of pawning stolen property. In this circumstance, a prosecutor may file a charge of theft by receiving stolen property for possessing the stolen property that is being pawned, as well as a charge of theft by deception for obtaining payment from the pawn shop by falsely representing to the pawn shop that he or she had authority to sell or dispose of the property.

Penalties for Theft by Deception in Utah

Whether a charge of theft by deception is charged as a misdemeanor or felony will usually depend on the value of the items taken. At its lowest level, a conviction for misdemeanor theft by deception is punishable by up to 180 days jail. As values increase, a theft by deception charge can result in a second degree felony conviction and up to 15 years in prison.

Choosing the Best Utah Criminal Attorney for Your Case

When you are facing criminal charges of theft by deception, you need an attorney who really understands how to get results. Many attorneys claim to be "aggressive." But you need an attorney who knows how to fight hard, and fight smart. Stephen Howard has a track record that includes not guilty verdicts and outright dismissals on some of the most serious criminal charges on the books in Utah. While no attorney can guarantee a particular result for your case, having an experienced attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected.

Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard offers legal services to clients throughout Utah.  If you are facing criminal charges for theft by deception, you need an attorney on your side who gets real results.  Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.


Best Rating
Make a Payment to Your Account
Get Help Now
** All fields are required. **
Name: Email: Phone: Describe your legal needs here:
I accept the disclaimer below.
Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is established by the use of this form. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be submitted through this form. By clicking 'submit' I am only requesting that I be contacted for the purpose of obtaining legal services.

This form protected by reCAPTCHA.

  • Selected Victories
  • Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyNot Guilty - Client was charged with aggravated assault for alleged attack using broken bottle as a weapon. Despite the testimony of numerous prosecution witnesses, thorough defense investigation to support a self-defense claim resulted in acquittal by jury at trial.
  • Drug Crimes Defense Attorney Utah Dismissed - Client facing first-degree felony drug distribution charge and potential life in prison. Charges were based on allegations that client had sold drugs to an undercover police officer, then made a full confession. Successful mitigation work resulted in negotiated offer of misdemeanor plea-in-abeyance and ultimate dismissal of case.
  • Utah Expungement Lawyer Expunged - Client with prior conviction for violent felony was ineligible for expungement through the courts. A successful 2-step reduction restored expungement eligibility and ultimately led to the court's decision to grant the requested expungement.
  • Utah Burglary Attorney Not Guilty - Client was charged with residential felony burglary and theft charges. Effective cross-examination of alleged victim at preliminary hearing resulted in an admission by the alleged victim that the charges were based on a false report to police, made for the purpose of getting revenge against the defendant. Case was dismissed outright.
  • Recent Posts
  • What to Do When Arrested for DUI What should I do if I am arrested for DUI? - Many DUI cases begin as minor traffic stops. But the consequences of a DUI conviction are much more serious than an ordinary traffic citation. If you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, you have specific important constitutional and statutory rights that can protect your. . . .
  • Utah Statewide Warrant Search How do I find out if I have an outstanding warrant? - If you believe you may have an outstanding arrest warrant in Utah, a criminal defense attorney can access the Utah statewide warrant system and help you find the best. . . .
Best Utah Criminal Defense Strategy

Successfully defending against criminal prosecution requires more than just an 'aggressive' defense. The best defense attorneys understand that a sophisticated defense requires a thorough understanding of a variety of nuanced legal issues, real experience in the courtroom, good negotiation skills, and much more. Fighting hard is good. Fighting smart is better....

Strategy »
Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Profile Utah

Finding the right criminal defense lawyer for you Utah criminal case will be one of the most important decision you make. Before hiring any lawyer, there are a number of important factors to consider. The person you select as your criminal defense attorney will be responsible to defend your case and protect your rights....

Experience »
Conviction Consequences - Utah Criminal Defense

In Utah, even a "minor" misdemeanor conviction carries the potential for jail time and significant fines. A felony conviction carries the potential of lengthy prison terms and the various consequences that come with being labeled as a convicted felon. Never plead guilty without first finding out....

Consequences »
Utah Criminal Defense Attorney - Hope

Facing criminal prosecution in Utah can feel like your world is collapsing. But there are reasons to remain hopeful, and there are things you can do right now that can help increase the odds of a successful outcome. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the various options you have, and can help you....

Reasons to Hope »
Home | Attorney Profile | Case Results | Criminal Code | FAQ | Legal Resources | Defense Strategy | Contact Us

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.

Stephen W. Howard, PC

The materials in this website are intended for informational purposes only, and are not legal advice. Viewing or responding to materials in this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. Read Full Disclaimer.