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 Salt Lake City criminal defense attorneys have a proven track record.

 

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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.

No-Obligation Case Review

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.
WOW, what can I say! Thanks again toCraig and Lane, they are Fantastic.I was not sure what to do with my situationSo I Gave Them a Call. They scheduleAn appointment with me later that day.Before I left their Offices, they had alreadyStarted moving forward with mySituation. By the next day we wereFinishing up with the Details andMoving forward. Hopefully a very fastRESOLUTION To the Issue.Thanks again, Tod S.
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16:42 27 Sep 20
Hands down the best law firm out there. I Highly recommend anyone to Wasatch Defense Lawyers. They worked tirelessly to make sure that the truth was told. They went above and beyond and did everything they could to ensure a great outcome. Lane always has a calm and confident presence. Lane was always there to answer questions and reassure that things will be fine. They relived so much stress and anxiety. Thank you again Craig and Lane for absolutely everything!
R B
R B
06:07 24 Sep 20
Things turned out well in the end. Although we did have some frustrations with WDL, (which ultimately have not had any significant impact on the final results) Lane has worked hard to give us the quality representation we were promised. We are pleased so far with what that representation.
Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo
20:32 21 Sep 20
This team helped me out a difficult situation with compassion and professionalism. My problems were addressed quickly and in a way that I always understood the legal ramifications. I feel they guided me along the wisest path I could have taken, given some very tricky circumstances.
k mcmoose
k mcmoose
18:30 16 Sep 20
if you want someone that is going to take their time with your case, you need to call Wasatch Defense! Every step of the way they always had a plan and never made any mistakes. I'm very happy with the outcome of my case.
• Carouseh •
• Carouseh •
19:35 14 Sep 20
Super helpful team! During one of the most stressful times in my life everyone here went above and beyond to make me feel at ease. Their professionalism and caring attitudes really made me feel like more that just another case number.
Alex Jackson
Alex Jackson
02:01 11 Sep 20
I was lucky enough to work with these guys and they were everything I wanted and needed! Friendly, professional, and very attentive. I was very satisfied with their work.
Randall Olson
Randall Olson
16:11 07 Sep 20
I have personally worked alongside one of their team members and was able to see the professionalism of this firm and their team firsthand. I would recommend this firm to anyone needing professional help/guidance as well as a successful case.
Joel Stanford
Joel Stanford
01:21 06 Sep 20
Everyone at the firm was attentive to my needs and extremely knowledgeable. And even more important, they were able to swiftly alleviate a situation that I thought would ruin my life. They absolutely saved the day--- Thank You!!!
Doug Brunt
Doug Brunt
22:11 05 Sep 20
We were visiting Utah and had a legal situation arise. It was a complete mess. We are grateful we found Wasatch Defense. Craig is an excellent attorney. Lane was extremely patient and communicated throughout the stress of this situation. Thank you guys! I recommend this law firm to anyone.
Susan Wyatt
Susan Wyatt
23:26 04 Sep 20
Responsive and professional to say the least! Wasatch Defense Lawyers were more than helpful! They were there for me when I needed them most. This team will have your back!
Dave Wright
Dave Wright
16:37 29 Aug 20
These guys are great! Super fast response time, and very helpful and friendly. Thanks so much Lane!
Ashley Collins
Ashley Collins
16:03 26 Aug 20
I have to give a big kudos to Lane. He has been the most helpful knowledgeable individual. It doesn’t matter when or what time of day. He has devoted a lot of attention to detail to every case and gone above and beyond.
Debbie Martens
Debbie Martens
22:47 03 Aug 20
I would definitely recommend this firm to anyone in need of a criminal defense.
Justin J
Justin J
16:10 24 Jun 20
Layne & Paul have been absolutely amazing helping me with my case!!!! Paul fought hard for me and came out with a great deal still! It was my first criminal charge ever so I am so grateful I found them they show they truly care about their clients! Will always recommend!
Wendy Alanis
Wendy Alanis
03:20 16 Jun 20
Hands down the BEST attorneys out there!! You want some serious, no bs law firm at your back, Wasatch Defense Lawyers is seriously the ONLY firm I would honestly recommend. They are amazing, they care, and when I got in touch with them, scared out of my mind, they were seriously the only ones who didn't make me feel worse about my situation by treating me like some p.o.s common criminal. They handled my case seriously and faster than I ever imagined. I could go on for days about how happy I am with this firm. With all sincerity, thank you for everything.
Kimberly N
Kimberly N
12:55 28 May 20
This team knows exactly what their clients need and does a great job of navigating through treacherous waters! You will have 110% peace of mind that any case involving you is being managed with the utmost integrity, resilience, persistence and with timely resolution. In the event that circumstances lead you to believe you may need an aggressive and experienced legal team, don't second guess it and engage Wasatch Defense Lawyers and you will not be sorry. Jjh
James Hamel
James Hamel
00:49 27 May 20
My son was facing Life in prison . From the initial consultation Craig, Jeannie, Lane was honest and was always available with questions and concerns. They would always keep us informed throughout the whole process. There Investigation team always kept us informed as well. During the trial Jeannie and Rudy would brief us before and at the conclusion of the day. They were very organized. The jury’s verdict was not guilty of all charges except for obstruction of justice which they said there representing my son until the end. We’re very grateful for all there efforts. It’s rare to have a team that genuinely cares for there clients. Thank You Wasatch Team.
Elbert Paule
Elbert Paule
20:39 14 Apr 20
I highly recommend Wasatch Defense Lawyers. They helped us resolve our case quickly. They were always available to talk about our concerns and helped ease the stress we we're going through. The most honest law firm in Utah!
debra wade
debra wade
18:26 01 Apr 20
Wasatch Defense Lawyers are the most stand up group of professionals you can work with in Salt Lake! I was in a bind and talked to several attorneys in the valley and by far they are the best. I felt that they truly cared about my circumstance and can honestly say they went above and beyond to help me and my family in a time of need. Our calls were always answered and they were very accommodating on appointments.
Travis Wade
Travis Wade
22:17 26 Mar 20
Amazing lawfirm, I highly recommend them.
Jack Wade
Jack Wade
22:07 26 Mar 20
Brittany is hands down the BEST paralegal in the state that I've had the pleasure of knowing. Keep up the fantastic work!
Isaiah Davis
Isaiah Davis
22:29 04 Mar 20
They are great to work with, and always available when I needed them! They made me feel confident and comfortable about my situation.
Hailee Page
Hailee Page
20:30 01 Mar 20
Incredible group. Highly professional. They took the time to listen to me, and my case then got the job done in a manner that I could not even imagine. I talked with a number of lawyers in the past, but these guys really listen and help out.
Thomas
Thomas
23:37 27 Feb 20
Wasatch defense is a great law firm. They were always willing to help and answer all of my questions. I would highly recommend them.
Leroy Hills
Leroy Hills
03:15 25 Feb 20
This place is awesome! They helped me out very well
Nakaiya Wiley
Nakaiya Wiley
17:39 22 Feb 20
I called and spoke with Lane Clark about concerns I had reguarding some possible legal issues concerning accusations with my son. Lane is awesome and was very helpful and answered any and every question I had and made myself feel a lot better. He was even willing to meet with me and my son on a Saturday or Sunday which doesn’t happen very often or if at all, which shows me how much care and concern they have for their clients. I highly recommend Wasatch Defense Laywers, and definitely will be contacting them if I ever need help with any legal matters.
Randell Taylor
Randell Taylor
17:17 22 Feb 20
Mark Brian was very professional and very knowledgeable about the circumstances of our case. Thank you Mark Brian for taking the time to listen to our case and helping us.
Judy Hills
Judy Hills
03:55 21 Feb 20
Paul Johnson Attorney at Law A gentleman, who’s energy fills a room with light, his passion/combined with knowledge far beyond the range expected, that ones scope would encompass as an Attorney at Law. In the event the need for counsel blindsides you, as the Law did in my situation. In the event you need legal counsel. ”Hands Down, Bar to None” Legal Counsel/Wasatch Attorney’s Paul Johnson is the Real Deal!! He has a very amazing and rare quality amongst people these days it’s his PASSION! His passion fuels that engine in his mind, Genuinely this man is intelligent, understanding, compassionate. He handled everything perfectly and restored my faith in the justice system. That faith had been broken for years. The cycle stopped. Thank you Paul ! There team has very reasonable pricing. I would recommend him to anyone who’s certainly in it to win it! God Bless
Jenn Sinclair
Jenn Sinclair
04:52 20 Feb 20
look no further than the Wasatch Defense team! they took my case from start to finish and got the exact result I was hoping for. Craig and Lane will do everything it takes to get the results. Very affordable with out compromising the quality and knowledge you expect. I contacted countless attorneys, but after meeting with Craig and Lane it was a very easy choice to make. Look no further and hire these guys!! CASE DISMISSED! Thank you Wasatch Defense Lawyers!
Tyler Lepore
Tyler Lepore
20:12 19 Feb 20
Incredible group. Highly professional. They took the time to listen to me, then got the job done in a manner that I could not even imagine. I have seen a number of lawyers in the past, but these guys are true cream of the crop.
john park
john park
19:13 19 Feb 20
These guys had my back from day 1! Super professional, doing their due dilligence to keep me up to date with what was happening with my case every step of the way. They would even go out of their way to help calm me down when I felt my world was about to end. I would recommend these guys 10/10 times for anyone who finds themselves in legal trouble, complete class acts!
Harry Reynolds
Harry Reynolds
19:09 12 Feb 20
This firm has been fantastic since day one, my family and I were struggling a lot trying to comprehend everything that was going on with our case but these great defense lawyers helped us out greatly. They know what they are doing and they are great at resolving cases with the best outcome that they can possible can. They also try to accommodate people, my father do not understand English well and they had someone that could translate for him. I would recommend them to anyone.
Ana Fajardo Acosta
Ana Fajardo Acosta
22:08 06 Feb 20
I had case with HS and I went to them I was confused and scared they help me out and they closed it
Abdullah Alharbi
Abdullah Alharbi
16:14 06 Feb 20
The best experience! These guys are so very professional. Between their team packed full of decades of experience, to their friendly nature, i had a great experience. I can't recommend them enough.
Brynjar Lindkvist
Brynjar Lindkvist
23:34 23 Jan 20
Highly recommend!!
Dannielle Maddox
Dannielle Maddox
03:54 20 Jan 20
These guys are great. I had some criminal charges arise from a bar fight. I was defending a friend, but nevertheless charges were filed against me. Luckily Wasatch Defense Lawyers were able to help me out. I was arraigned and these guys took care of everything for me. If you ever find yourself in trouble then I would highly recommend Wasatch Defense Lawyers. Craig is an outstanding lawyer with exceptional professionalism. Cowboy boots are cool too. Anyway, thank you again guys for doing such an awesome job.
John Wheeler
John Wheeler
17:36 15 Jan 20
Lane and Craig make a great team. I was in a bit of trouble and they not only got back to me really quickly but they made all of my troubles disappear. Lane made himself available at any time so I could reach out to him and discuss my case. If you need criminal defense, Wasatch defense lawyers are a godsend. No one can predict random life events happening that result in criminal charges, but I can guarantee there's no one better to have on your side than these guys. Thank you again. You guys saved me.
Charlie Bright
Charlie Bright
17:23 15 Jan 20
I called on behalf of my son and was immediately connected with a paralegal named Lane. He immediately understood the issue and was able to resolve it within minutes. I was impressed with the knowledge and professionalism that was displayed. Thank you doesn't begin to express my gratitude for an amazing job. I would feel good recommending you to anyone who needs assistance!
Leanna Jenkins
Leanna Jenkins
04:44 14 Jan 20
Paralegal lane Was extremely helpfull In matters at hand was very reassuring on my worries appreciate all his help
Richard D'Angelo
Richard D'Angelo
19:29 13 Jan 20
The Wasatch Defense Team is exceptional and professional. I was in a pinch and they were able to help clear my case completely within 48 hours. I would highly recommend their services to anyone needing criminal defense. Craig Chlarson really knows what he is doing and kicked butt in my case. I was sweating bullets, but he completely eliminated all of my stress. These guys are worth every penny.
Zac Peeler
Zac Peeler
17:37 10 Jan 20
Couldn't have asked for better representation lane was awesome, kept me informed the whole way through and really cared. I was facing a very frustrating and scary situation but thankfully the case was denied couldn't have done it without these guys, I highly recommend them!
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18:57 08 Jan 20
Couldn’t ask for better Defense Attorney’s, These guys are AMAZING!
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Wasatch Defense Lawyers is happy to make an interpreter available. We also have fluent German and Spanish speaking attorneys.

 

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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 Defense 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. Wel 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 Defense Lawyer 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.

How Can a 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.