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Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer - Utah Criminal Attorney

Violent crimes prosecutions are taken seriously by Utah judges and prosecutors. When compared with drug crimes, property crimes, or financial crimes, many judges and prosecutors consider violent crime to pose the greatest risk to members of the community. If you have been charged with a violent crime in Utah, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

Penalties for Violent Crime Convictions in Utah

The penalty associated with a violent crime conviction often depends on whether or not a weapon was involved and what injuries were caused. For example, an assault charge involving no injury and no weapon begins at the class B misdemeanor level (punishable by up to 180 days in jail and $1,900 in fines and surcharge). If a weapon is used or threatened during the assault, the offense becomes an aggravated assault, a third degree felony (punishable by up to five years in jail and $9,500 in fines and surcharge). If a serious injury is caused during the assault, the offense becomes a second degree felony (punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $19,000 in fines and surcharge). Many homicide charges are punishable by life in prison, or even potential capital punishment.

Finding an Experienced Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you are facing prosecution for a violent crime in Utah, an experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference. Salt Lake criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard has protected his clients' rights in cases including murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, domestic violence, and more. He is one of only a few Utah criminal defense lawyers now in private practice who has successfully avoided the death penalty for a client facing aggravated murder charges.

Contact us today to schedule an initial case analysis and consultation with Utah criminal lawyer Stephen Howard.


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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

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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