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When confronted with criminal charges, you need an attorney that will defend your rights, efficiently direct the complex criminal justice system, and provide legal guidance with your best wellbeing at heart. Here are just a few reasons why I am confident in the legal representation and services we make available for our clients:
- I have wide-ranging experience in criminal cases.
- My familiarity of prosecution and defense tactics gives me exceptional understanding into how the criminal justice system works. This is a benefit to my clients.
The choice you make for legal counsel can influence the rest of your life. That is why a qualified, trustworthy attorney is essential. As my client, I will support you in dealing with any local, state, or federal law enforcement agency in the course of an investigation, and I will represent you before a grand jury. If you are charged with an offense, I will appear at all court proceedings from the time you are charged until the time your case is finalized. Once you have retained me you will no longer be unaided. I will bring my awareness and understanding to stand in any situation that presents itself.
I Put My Clients First!
At ABC Utah Law, my definitive objective is to help you overcome what may be the most challenging time in your life by providing compassionate support, comprehensive legal guidance, and forceful advocacy. For more information about my qualified services, please contact my office.
Cases involving drug-related offenses, such as possession, distribution, and manufacturing of controlled substances, are among the most common in Utah state and federal criminal courts. In fact, according to Utah State Courts, arrests for drug-related crimes have more than doubled in recent years. My experience includes successfully handling cases involving:
- Methamphetamine (Meth)
- Prescription Drugs
- Cocaine (Coke)
I provide equally strong defense representation to adults and juveniles arrested for misdemeanor offenses, such as possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, and felony offenses, such as drug distribution and trafficking charges. In all matters, I am committed to achieving the best possible outcome for my clients, understanding that a drug conviction can have a negative and lasting impact on a person’s life. In addition to criminal penalties, there may be additional consequences resulting from a conviction on your permanent record, including driver’s license suspension or revocation, loss of student financial aid, or loss of gun rights.
After looking at all of the facts and evidence in your case, I can determine our best course of action depending on your best interests. I also try to help my clients deal with the underlying causes of their addictions.
Given the range of possible sentences associated with drug charges in Utah, the advice and representation of an attorney can be the difference between a very good and a very bad result. If you face prosecution for any type of drug crime, ABC Utah Law can help.
Simple assault is an alleged attempt, threat, or act to do bodily injury to another, involving unlawful force or violence. Assault is usually charged as a Class B Misdemeanor unless substantial bodily injury results or the alleged perpetrator had knowledge of the victim’s pregnancy, in which case the alleged assault will likely be charged as a Class A Misdemeanor. Most people don’t realize that you don’t actually have to have a physical injury to be charged with simple assault.
Aggravated assault is assault using a dangerous weapon, or assault using other means or force likely to produce death or serious bodily injury. If serious bodily injury results, the offense will likely be charged as a 2nd Degree Felony, and if there is no bodily injury, the offense is usually charged as a 3rd Degree Felony.
Domestic violence may be classified as a misdemeanor if the related offense, such as simple assault or criminal mischief, is also categorized as a misdemeanor. In addition to the penalties related to the alleged criminal conduct, you may also face a restraining order in a domestic violence case.
If you or a loved one has been charged with assault or domestic violence, it is almost always in your best interests to retain legal counsel. In many cases, especially if it is your first offense, the charges can be argued down or even eliminated, thus avoiding the lasting consequences of a criminal conviction on your record.
In Utah, the penalties for even a first DUI are severe. You must go to jail for 48 hours or complete 48 hours of a work service program, submit to home confinement with electronic monitoring, do community service, participate in a drug or alcohol assessment program, pay a fine of $1,340, and in some cases, complete treatment for substance abuse. Your driver’s license will also be suspended for 120 days.
For a second offense, the standard sentence is 240 hours of jail time or 240 hours of work service, home confinement, a minimum fine of $1500, and driver’s license suspension for two years. You may also be placed on probation and required to undergo alcohol and drug screenings and/or treatment. A third DUI offense carries a possible sentence of 1,500 hours in jail, $1,500 in fines, and driver’s license suspension for two years. Your vehicle will also be installed with an ignition interlock device for three years if you are found guilty of DUI within 10 years of the previous offense.
In a DUI case, the driver’s license suspension process is civil in nature, and separate from criminal proceedings. An important aspect of our representation is assisting clients in hearings before the Driver’s License Division in order to limit consequences to their driver’s licenses.
Refusing to Take a Breathalyzer Test
Refusing to take a breathalyzer test when requested by a law enforcement officer is generally a violation of Utah’s Implied Consent Law, which requires drivers to submit to a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) test if an arresting officer has probable cause to believe that you were driving under the influence. Upon refusal, your driver’s license will be revoked, but you will receive a temporary 29 day permit, and you can challenge the suspension of your driver’s license if you request a Drivers License Division hearing within 10 days of the arrest.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, you need legal counsel to help you achieve the result that has the fewest consequences on your life and future.
Robbery charges involve the alleged unlawful and intentional taking or attempt to take another person’s property against his will by use of force or fear with the intent of depriving the person permanently or temporarily of the property. Robbery may also be charged if force or fear of immediate force is allegedly used in the course of committing a theft. Robbery is classified as a 2nd Degree Felony.
A person may be charged with burglary if he or she allegedly enters or remains in a building with the intent to commit a felony, theft, assault, lewdness, sexual battery, or voyeurism. Burglary is classified as a 3rd Degree Felony, unless committed in a dwelling, and then it may be charged as a 2nd Degree Felony.
Theft of property valued at $5,000 or more is classified as a 2nd Degree Felony, and theft of property worth more than $1,000 but less than $5,000 is classified as a 3rd Degree Felony.
Misdemeanor theft crimes include theft of property valued at less than $1,000, which is a Class A Misdemeanor, as well as shoplifting, which is charged as a Class B Misdemeanor for merchandise under $300.
If you face prosecution for any type of theft crime, ABC Utah Law can help
Becoming Familiar with the Juvenile Justice System
Any person under 18 who is accused of violating a federal, state, or municipal law falls under the jurisdiction of Utah’s Juvenile Courts, which are civil courts, not criminal courts. The juvenile justice system is meant to rehabilitate rather than punish youth offenders, ordering sanctions for delinquent juveniles but also directing counseling and treatment. According to Utah State Courts, the most common juvenile offenses include:
- Possession of alcohol
- Possession of marijuana
- Violation of curfew
While punishments for delinquent conduct are generally less severe than for adult convictions, there are serious consequences for juvenile matters, such as restitution, fines, and community service. Also, even a juvenile record can negatively affect a child’s life. If a youth is 14 or older and commits a felony, certain parts of his or her record are available to the public on request, which means going to college, joining the military, and getting certain jobs may become more difficult with a juvenile record.
Utah’s Serious Youth Offender Law
When a minor over 14 years old has been charged with a serious felony, the case may be moved out of the juvenile justice system into adult criminal court under Utah’s Serious Youth Offender Law (SYOL). SYOL covers the following
- Murder or aggravated murder
- Felonies committed after the juvenile has been in a secure facility
- Aggravated arson
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated kidnapping
- Aggravated burglary
- Aggravated robbery
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Discharge of a firearm from a vehicle
- Attempted aggravated murder
- Attempted murder
- Any other felony offense involving the use of a dangerous weapon in which the juvenile has been previously adjudicated or convicted of a felony offense involving a dangerous weapon
If a minor is transferred to adult criminal court, he or she faces the same severe penalties imposed on convicted adults, including imprisonment, probation, large fines, and the lasting impact of a criminal conviction.
If you, your child, or someone you know under 18 has been accused of a criminal offense, I can help navigate the juvenile justice system, always with the goal of achieving the best possible result for the client.
Criminal Defense Overview
ABC Utah Law provides quality criminal defense representation to adults and juveniles in Davis, Weber, and Morgan Counties, and throughout Northern Utah.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you will need to assistance of an attorney to stand by you who knows what to do, and who will put your interests first. A criminal conviction can have negative and lasting consequences for you and your family, including loss of basic civil rights such as the right to own or possess a firearm or to vote. Depending on whether you are chared with a felony or misdemeanor, you may face a prison sentence, jail time, significant fines, community service, probation, and other penalties.
If you or a loved on has been arrested or charged with a crime of any kinc, you need an attorney, and ABC Utah Law can help you. Please contact my office today for a free initial consultation.