Top Criminal Defense Lawyer in Utah

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Contact our strategic defense attorneys to help you understand your legal rights and options. From theft crimes and drug charges to DUI and sex crimes, our Award-Winning Criminal Defense Attorneys near Downtown Salt Lake City, have a proven track record.
WE HAVE MORE 5 STAR REVIEWS THAN ANY CRIMINAL DEFENSE FIRM IN UTAH
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Track Record of Winning

We have a reputation for achieving excellent results. Fewer than 1% of our clients have ever been incarcerated.

Award Winning Utah Law Firm

We are proud recipients of the America Jurisprudence Award for Excellence Achievement in the Study of Advocacy”.

We Protect Your Rights

Your constitutional rights are inalienable and we pride ourselves in protecting and defending them every step of the way.

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Take advantage of consulting on your case with an experienced attorney who listens and reviews your situation for free. There’s nothing to lose, contact us now.

Military Discounts

We are proud to support our troops with an exclusive discount for veterans for all our professional legal services.

100+ Years of Experience

Criminal cases can be unfair and the consequences hefty. We have successfully represented thousands of clients in Utah.

Client Testimonials

Our #1 goal is to provide you with successful results, period.
Paul Johnson was my attorney over 15 years ago. He helped protect me and my children, even though it meant to file something uncomfortably because he could have been retaliated against by the judge. But he only had my children's wellbeing in mind. I am only mentioning this now, because my children and I have been in hiding; but it is time for me to share my story in a book now that my children are adults. So if you want someone whom you can truly trust to represent you, I highly recommend Paul Johnson! Thank you so very much Paul! May God bless you and your loved ones daily! We would not have been able to survive the horrific ordeal without your help! Again, thank you!
Gene Smith
Gene Smith
21:42 25 May 22
In my dealings with Wasatch Defense Lawyers, right from the beginning they all made my son, wife and myself feel as if they truly cared about us and the extremely unfortunate situation we found our selves in. As the initial consultation moved forward my confidence was taken to a level that I was unaware of due to the way I felt after the conversations with other practices. Before the end of the consultation I knew in my heart we found who we would spend our hard earned money on and from that moment we never looked back. My guy Lane was with us through every step, always available to answer any and every question that we had. If you are reading this and you or anyone you know is ever in need stop right now and contact this office immediately as you will be forever great full you did as we most certainly are. For ever great full for all of your service Lane and company
skyler swallow
skyler swallow
16:40 12 May 22
These guys are amazing! I felt like I was truly cared for in my visit with them and they had great advice for me! If you can afford them then don’t hesitate for one second cause you will be in great hands.
Justin Whitefeather
Justin Whitefeather
04:21 28 Apr 22
I reached out Wasatch Defense Lawyers in an effort to see what they might be able to do for my son's criminal case. An awesome gentleman reached out to me right away and gave me a thorough run down of how they would approach my son's case. (I can't remember his name) Unfortunately we were not able to utilize their services because my son had already taken a plea deal.What I can say is that I have no doubt that they would have represented my son excellently, and I can't help but think that my son would be home with our family right now if we had found them in the beginning.When you face something so unfathomable, you just want to be heard. And that's exactly what I experienced. I truly felt heard when speaking with the gentleman. Even after it was clear they wouldn't be able to represent my son, he continued to exchange encouraging messages with me regarding my son and his current representation.Thank you for your valuable time. It warmed my mama-heart to feel like someone really cares.
Carrie May
Carrie May
19:08 07 Apr 22
Best choice ever! Thank you so much for solving all our problems. Can’t explain how helpful they’ve been for us!
wendy gardunio
wendy gardunio
05:08 31 Mar 22
My son was falsely accused and facing serious charges against a minor. My son is a great man and I knew this was going to be one of the hardest trials of his life. Wasatch Defense Attorneys the whole team walked us through everything and we got swift justice. Thankfully all allegations were dismissed and he gets to go back to his normal happy life. We love this team. Thank you!!!!
Kelli Winking
Kelli Winking
00:17 31 Mar 22
They really saved my life in numerous ways couldn’t be happier
Jamon Peterson
Jamon Peterson
20:38 30 Mar 22
Little pricey but well worth it. From our first consultation I knew they were aggressive and had my best interests. Sent my brother to them though they couldn't help they gave him the confidence to handle what needed to be done
Destiny Groesbeck
Destiny Groesbeck
18:11 24 Feb 22
5 Stars without a doubt! I have been calling and texting Wasatch lawyers for a couple months now. While trying to figure out what would be the best course of action. They wouldPromptly got back to me every time. They were very encouraging and patient. They explained things very well.Anyone can tell just speaking with them that they have an abundance of knowledge in their field.They really do care about each individual client. They will go above and beyond to get you the outcome you hope for.Great people. very impressed. excellent service.
christiesand
christiesand
18:42 30 Jan 22
I was very stressed over a legal matter that I am dealing with. After speaking with Craig and Lane at Wasatch Defense Attorneys I felt like a thousand pound weight has been lifted off my shoulders. They took the time to listen to my issues, my concerns and they were very educated and professional, they explained legal proceedings in a way that I could understand. These guys actually care out their clients, I cannot recommend them enough. They have given me such a relief in this matter. Thank You!
dan sandquist
dan sandquist
03:53 29 Jan 22
Very professional. They met with us on short notice, on the weekend and after hours. Craig and Lane listened to us and then spoke to us and offered great advise. They were very kind and considerate. Lane (Paralegal) shows great compassion and again visited with us in our home. Great outcome. I would highly recommend these individuals and this firm if you are in need of legal counsel. Our family is extremely grateful.
David Canning
David Canning
18:08 19 Dec 21
I would highly recommend Wasatch Defense. Craig and Lane made a very difficult time much easier by being there for us. When facing federal charges you definitely want the best on your side and we had the best! Craig held his ground with the prosecutor, which made a difference in our case. I can’t say enough positive things about Craig and Lane. We just appreciate their assistance at a reasonable cost.
cory loving
cory loving
23:18 17 Dec 21
Wasatch Defense Lawyers were amazing and extremely helpful in answering all my questions and giving me peace of mind in what I’m dealing with. I appreciated his honesty and advice he gave me. Definitely would recommend this law firm if you are needing one!
Sarah Lux
Sarah Lux
16:45 17 Dec 21
This team did an extremely good job. They were professional and responsive to every concern that I had. They walked me through this entire process and made it go smoothly. I would highly recommend this team and have nothing but positive things to say!
Jessica Siemers
Jessica Siemers
05:34 11 Dec 21
The best legal representation ever!! 100% recommendation!! They take care of you and very prompt and courteous!!
Myra Detterbeck
Myra Detterbeck
23:42 07 Dec 21
Needed a defense attorney and lucky we found this firm. Very professional and down to earth. Up front about the cost and produced excellent results. I will recommend this firm to everyone who requires a defense attorney.
Doug Detterbeck
Doug Detterbeck
23:40 07 Dec 21
This Attorneys office was incredibly helpful and attentive to all my questions and concerns. I am so grateful for the help in winning my case !!! Our whole family is Thankful!!!!ThanksLaurie Shook- Hollis
LAURIE HOLLIS
LAURIE HOLLIS
17:49 23 Nov 21
Lane and the wasatch defense team are awesome. had a felony reduced to a misdemeanor in a very short time. thanks to them that monkey is off my back. i will highly recommend them to anyone and everyone i run across. thank you so much
Rick Dickey
Rick Dickey
13:16 03 Nov 21
I contacted them last week with a very sensitive legal matter and I spoke with Kellen. He was very professional and made me feel so exponentially better in regards to my situation. He was extremely patient with me even though I was erratic and panicked. I will absolutely recommend them to anyone who needs peace of mind.
Joseph Apocagenocitis
Joseph Apocagenocitis
21:46 01 Nov 21
I received a lot of attention, money well spent!
charlotte stewart
charlotte stewart
20:59 01 Nov 21
We contacted Wasatch Defense on behalf of our child. We were extremely worried and both Lane (paralegal) and Craig were expeditious and put our minds at ease that a legal matter would be put to rest. This happened quickly! We would highly recommend them to both our family and friends.
Brett Campbell
Brett Campbell
20:35 22 Oct 21
Lane and paul were great to work with my boyfriend was facing a felony and the team was great to work with fast responsive and kept us in the loop... I would highly recommend the lawyer to anyone I know anyone I know
Brandi Perry
Brandi Perry
23:27 09 Sep 21
My experience with Paul And Lane were fantastic they were on top of it I was facing a felony and it was dropped to an infraction I was very pleased with there services... Thanks to them and there amazing team I would highly recommend you
chaise barlow
chaise barlow
23:16 09 Sep 21
Working with Lane and the team at Wasatch Defense Lawyers brought so much relief and peace to us during a very stressful and emotional time. Lane is always quick to respond and great at keeping us in the loop. I felt like we were able to work with them to find the solutions and outcomes that we needed and Lane was able to deliver. They have a genuine concern for their clients and want the best results. I would definitely recommend them.
McKenna Malamala
McKenna Malamala
22:49 31 Aug 21
Definitely the people you want to call if you're in need of a defense attorney. Lane was extremely helpful in getting me through a very stressful situation & put my mind at ease from the first time speaking with him all the way through till the end. I'm from out of state so was very concerned about having to deal with a court system I'm unfamiliar with but Lane took care of everything! If you need legal assistance these are the people you need to talk to.
Nik Effgen
Nik Effgen
21:59 20 Aug 21
Lane was great! Very responsive and was a great fit for the needs that we had. Couldn't say better things about Lane. Thank You.
Andrew & Matthew Wood
Andrew & Matthew Wood
19:39 23 Jul 21
Lane was amazing. I loved the great experience that I had with him. He was fast in responding, and helped out tremendously in our situation. He was very empathetic and was all around a great service.
Matthew Cave
Matthew Cave
19:36 23 Jul 21
Lane was amazing! He listen to us and was there for us every step of the way. He was able to help us in our situation in our time of need and was prompt on getting us a solution!
Cydney Belden
Cydney Belden
17:33 23 Jul 21
Helped me with multiple cases and have always been there for me
Kristopher Thomas
Kristopher Thomas
16:57 21 Jul 21
Mark brain is a great attorney he really cares about his clients . I would definitely recommend to my friends and family
kanesha cotton
kanesha cotton
16:07 20 Jul 21
Very professional, informative, and helpful!
Frank Claverie
Frank Claverie
16:37 14 Jul 21
I want to thank the team for all the time and effort that was put into my case. I was falsely accused of a crime and I had never been in trouble with the law in my life. this accusation turned my life upside down and put me out of work instantly. I brought my case to the team and they looked at me with confidence after interviewing me and stated this is false and we will get your life back to normal. My case seemed to drag on forever and we were to the point of trial in just a few days. I want to report that today 6/14/2021 my case was dismissed by the state, after Ms.Campbell and the rest of her team provided the evidence that the Private investigator found to the state. I Highly recommend this firm. Thank you again for giving me my life back
Brandon T WiseFamily
Brandon T WiseFamily
19:47 14 Jun 21
Helped me get through my problems that were happening and I appreciate them for helping me. They got on my case really fast and got the job done.
MightyMouseIV
MightyMouseIV
03:24 12 Jun 21
My family and I are beyond impressed by the service that the Wasatch team offered. They are extremely professional, knowledgeable, and very responsive.We were faced with some legal issues that left our minds spinning with questions and fear. Lane stepped right up to the plate by offering his full support both professionally and personally. There was not a single phone call to Lane that didn’t leave me feeling more tranquil and confident about our case. He was always there to reassure me that we were on track and treated me like a friend and not just a client.After the initial intake, Jeanne was assigned to our case and she boldly navigated us through the justice system with ease. Her educational background and prior law experience exceeded my expectations by far. She fought for the best outcome for my son and kept us informed with the decisions along the way.I waited for our case to be over to post this review so I could offer the full picture. The Wasatch Team is absolutely incredible and I would never trust another firm. My son has a second chance at life because of this firm and for that, I will be forever grateful.If you are looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, confident team, choose Wasatch. From the first call to the end hearing, they will fight for your rights and undeniably get you results!
carrie hernandez
carrie hernandez
20:44 04 Jun 21
Highly recommend Lane and Jeanne they took my calls any minute of the day and always got back quick. First time I needed a lawyer, and I wouldn’t look anywhere else. They will have our business if we need any services they offer in the future.
Christopher Hernandez
Christopher Hernandez
20:01 04 Jun 21
Walking into Wasatch was the most calming and customer oriented experience ever. Their knowledgeable team and expertise gives you the kind of tranquility that no other person can offer. Within minutes you can tell that these men are GODS in their fields and can absolutely dominate any case given to them. Their ability to speak in Lamens terms to help you understand the entirety of the situation is the only confidence that will carry you through the storm - best lawyers ever!!
Evan Kwan
Evan Kwan
23:51 09 May 21
The wasatch team are ABSOLUTE A-Listers. They delivered the most elite customer experience and have set the bar SO high for any other lawyer I might have to work with. Laine and Craig’s team work in upmost unity and understand the best ways to maneuver any situation. Their diverse portfolio and strong education and background gave me the most confidence in them as my representation- would NEVER go with anyone else.
Evan Kwan
Evan Kwan
23:48 09 May 21
I loved working with Laine and Craig!! Extremely professional, budget friendly and the most KICKASS lawyers and paralegals that you’ll ever meet. They have such high levels of professionalism and are the most transparent and right to the point lawyers EVER. They have a sincere care for their clients and you wouldn’t EVER want to go with anyone else - they’re the definition of number one.
Kwan Corporate
Kwan Corporate
23:45 09 May 21
Excellent Law Firm, Lane and Paul we're very attentive and answered all my questions. Impressive work, my case was dismissed thanks to Wasatch Law Firm, their attorneys are an impressive team, highly recommended.
Brenda bunnyboo
Brenda bunnyboo
20:22 28 Apr 21
My experience with Wasatch Defense was incredible. Craig is an amazing layer followed by Lane his amazing paralegal, they have been following up with my case till the end. I Highly recommended this place!
Max Perez Resendiz
Max Perez Resendiz
14:19 21 Apr 21

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Meet Our Utah Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Wasatch Defense Lawyers is happy to make an interpreter available. We also have fluent German and Spanish speaking attorneys.

 

Best of SLC Award - Criminal Defense Attorney

 

Salt Lake City’s Wasatch Defense Lawyers will aggressively defend your rights and your quality of life in Utah.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Hire a Defense Lawyer if I am Guilty?

Yes. A defense lawyer may be able to lower your charges or get them dropped, even if you are guilty. We may even be able to arrange more favorable outcomes such as community service, driving re-education classes, or other measures instead of jail time.

How Much Does a Criminal Lawyer Cost?

The exact cost will depend on the particulars of your case. If the case goes to trial, that will add expenses. At Wasatch Defense Lawyers, we offer a range of different rates, structures, and payment plans. Which one you will fall under will depends on the individual details of your case. We offer flat fees, hourly rates, military discounts, and even work on contingencies.

What Does a Criminal Defense Lawyer Do?

A criminal defense lawyer’s job is to get you the best possible outcome for your case. We’ll look for mistakes in paperwork or gaps in the prosecutor’s argument. Finally, we can explain your options and repercussions at every step of the process to you. Mistakes you make in paperwork or missed deadlines and court appearances could cost you. Criminal defense lawyers may be able to get your sentence reduced or dropped.

Should I Hire a Criminal Attorney for a DUI Case?

Yes. The State of Utah has just lowered the BAC limit for drivers to .05 percent. This is a sharp reduction from the nationwide average of .08 percent, which makes the state the strictest in the country. A defense lawyer can work to reduce charges, get a reduced sentence, or help with DUI charges to get them totally dropped.

What Is the Most Serious Kind of Crime?

The most serious level of crime is a felony. Misdemeanors are less serious, and infractions are the least serious crimes. Felony crimes are usually classified by first, second, and third degrees of seriousness. The first degree represents the most serious level of offense. The levels of seriousness of crimes determine the corresponding degrees of severity of penalties imposed on people convicted of the offenses.

To clarify, misdemeanors include offenses such as petty theft, vandalism, trespassing, etc. Conviction of a crime at this level does not carry prison time and is limited instead to small fines and other relatively light consequences. By contrast, examples of felony crimes include murder. aggravated assault, kidnapping, arson, etc. Convictions for the most extreme of these crimes can carry long prison sentences or even the death penalty.

What Are the Classifications of Types of Crimes?

Crimes are usually classified as felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. The basic difference between felonies and misdemeanors, in terms of the law, is in the severity of the potential penalties the law requires. Pleading guilty or being found guilty of a more serious crime can be expected to come with a more extreme penalty than a conviction for a lesser offense.
Being convicted of a felony carries penalties ranging from large fines to prison time up to life sentences, even the death penalty. By contrast, a misdemeanor sentence often includes a moderate fine, possibly community service hours, perhaps mandatory counseling, and/or other reformative requirements.
There are many types of crimes. Some basic categories of crimes criminologists recognize include:
– Violent crimes: such as murder, kidnapping, rape, assault
– Organized crime: such as racketeering, gambling, trafficking
– Property crimes: like vandalism, arson, burglary, theft
– White-collar crimes: like fraud, embezzlement, securities crimes
– Tech crimes: hacking, spreading viruses.
– Victimless crimes: such as consensual but illegal adult sexual activity

How Can a Person Avoid Jail Time for a Felony?

The most critical action you will need to take in an effort to avoid prison time for a felony is to contact an experienced Salt Lake City, UT, criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Further, you should diligently do the following while you are facing criminal charges:
– Exercise your right to remain silent.
– Stay calm and fully cooperate physically.
– Call an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you.
– Clearly understand the charges against you.
– Tell your lawyer the complete truth. Don’t lie to your lawyer.
– Do not talk to your friends or family about your case.
– Do not discuss your case on social media.
– Do not try to investigate or question witnesses yourself.

How Long Can a Criminal Case Be Left Open Without Any Charges?

Generally, the statute of limitations for bringing a felony charge is three years. However, in some types of cases, the time frame may be longer, such as in fraud, felony sex crimes cases, and possibly others. There is no statute of limitations for bringing a murder charge. Typically, the statute of limitations for bringing a misdemeanor charge is one year.

Can a Criminal Defense Attorney Help in a Personal Injury Case?

A large factor in a personal injury case is proving who is at fault. A defense attorney can negotiating with insurance companies and communicating with other involved parties on your behalf. A defense lawyer can also help you put an accurate monetary value on your injury so you can pursue a settlement.

Why Have a Defense Lawyer for Child Support or Custody Case?

Family law can be a complicated legal tangle. A defense lawyer can help you understand the process, your rights, and your responsibilities. Your lawyer can also help you strengthen your case for a fair custody division, and enforcement of such orders.

What is the Difference Between a Defense Attorney and a Prosecutor?

A defense attorney represents the person who has been accused of a crime. Their objective, if the case goes to trial, is to argue against the validity against the prosecutor’s case. Meanwhile, a prosecutor represents the city, county, or state in criminal cases. They are typically a representative of the District Attorney. They will gather evidence, determine which evidence has merit, and try to persuade the court of the accused’s guilt. The burden of proof is on the prosecutor.

What is a Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Duties and Responsibilities?

A criminal defense lawyer has a variety of duties and responsibilities. These include interviewing their client, investigating the case for grounds for acquittal, assisting with jury selection if a trial occurs, arguing against the prosecutor’s case, and helping with plea bargains and sentencing. Above all, they are expected to understand the law and explain your rights and legal options to you.

Do I Have to Answer Questions From the Police When I’m Accused of a Crime?

You are not legally required to provide any information to a police officer. Do not give any statement to a police officer before you contact a criminal defense lawyer and obtain guidance. If you are concerned that the police are investigating you, an experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure that your rights are fully protected throughout the legal process.

Why Do People Commit Crimes?

In some cases, alcohol or drug effects can cause a loss of inhibitions and self-control and negative psychological and physiological changes that impact decision-making. The altered mental state can influence behavior and lend to criminal actions. But, in many other cases, substance abuse is not necessarily involved in criminal activity. Naturally, the root causes of crime are too complex to explain fully here.
Most generally speaking, theories of criminal behavior focus on several categories of behavioral factors, including social, psychological, and even biological. Each of the behavioral factors below and others fall into one of those categories of potential contributors to criminal behavior:
– Poverty
– Parental neglect
– Drug addiction
– Family conditions
– Societal conditions
– Peer pressure
– Unemployment
– Underemployment
– Racism
– Poor health care
– Bad housing
– Weak schools
– Mental illness
– Low self-esteem
– Alcoholism
– Single-parent families
– Drug addiction
– Teenage pregnancy
– Politics
– Religion