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

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

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100+ Years of Experience

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

Criminal Defense Attorney Salt Lake City Client Testimonials

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If you're looking for the best defense attorneys, you've found it! Wasatch Defense is professional, responsive and amazing! I got a better outcome than I could have ever hoped for. Scott is incredible and I wouldn't go anywhere else
Naomi Owen
Naomi Owen
18:27 11 Nov 22
Wasatch Defense Lawyers, best Law Firm in Utah! You get a full team on your side.
Bobbie Herrera
Bobbie Herrera
00:52 30 Sep 22
Wasatch Defense is Highly Recommended! They are very professional, helpful & knowledgeable in so many areas. Lane has been a delight to work with. He is “on it” every time we have a question or concern. Mark Brian is very attentive to his clients & their concerns & Mark is an excellent attorney! All phone calls or texts are ALWAYS answered in a very timely manner. If you need help with Criminal Defense in or around Salt Lake City, I would absolutely recommend this law firm!
Kathy Keltner
Kathy Keltner
09:26 29 Sep 22
Go to these people if you need help. They will do everything and more to make sure you are taken care of. Thank you Wasatch Defense Lawyers and attorney Mark Brian!
JD Probst
JD Probst
18:54 27 Sep 22
Great results from Wasatch Defense Lawyers! Scott ;Wilding was responsive to my needs, and exceptionally skilled in court. I couldn't recommend WDL more!
Elle Probst
Elle Probst
18:52 27 Sep 22
Wasatch Defense Lawyers are the best of the best. During a time when everything felt hopeless, they made me feel calm and reassured me that I was in good hands. 10/10. Would highly recommend.
Patrick B
Patrick B
19:59 23 Sep 22
I just can't say enough great things about this firm. We were completely lost not knowing where to start and then we called Wasatch Defense Lawyers. From the very first phone call they have helped us and continue to help us get through a very difficult situation. Thank you Lane!
Shelly B
Shelly B
16:51 21 Sep 22
This was our family’s first experience with having to hire a legal defense team and we could not have picked a better firm to represent us. Everyone is a true professional, very compassionate, and understands that you are going through a very emotional and stressful event. The Wasatch Defense Lawyers team was by our side throughout the entire process and “had our backs” when we needed them the most to get the best possible outcome. They will fight for you as if you were their own family. Thank you Lane, Craig, and the entire team! If you want the best legal help then these are the people to call.
Frank B
Frank B
18:04 20 Sep 22
GREAT FAST EFFICIENT RESULTS ! I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO ANYBODY THATS READY TO BEAT THIER CASE!!
summer Mila
summer Mila
06:28 20 Sep 22
This team did a great job for our family. Would definitely recommend.
JoDee Crowl
JoDee Crowl
15:14 12 Sep 22
Wasatch defense helped a loved one of mine. They really went out of their way to make sure he beat the charges against him. Thank you all so much. I will definitely recommend you guys to everyone I know that’s in trouble.
Morgan Mondragon
Morgan Mondragon
21:42 09 Sep 22
I am so lucky I found Wasatch Defense! They really know what they’re talking about. Scott was three steps ahead the whole time. Thank you all so much!
Devin Davies
Devin Davies
01:21 02 Sep 22
Wow! What a great team! Paul was very professional, and helpful throughout the whole process. I couldn’t have asked for better results! Thank you all so much!
Tyler Hopper
Tyler Hopper
19:26 31 Aug 22
I’ve never had to deal with anything like this before so I had no idea what I was doing. Mark was great. He was very patient with all my questions and concerns. He fought really hard to get the results we wanted. Going to Wasatch defense paid off.
Avery Mondragon
Avery Mondragon
18:22 26 Aug 22
Scott helped me out a ton! He fought hard for a better result and got more than I could have imagined. I would recommend working with him, and the Wasatch defense team, to anyone.
Jacquie Joseph (Jacjac)
Jacquie Joseph (Jacjac)
19:57 25 Aug 22
I would highly recommend Wasatch to anyone that wants a lawyer that truly cares for their clients and will fight for them. They fought to get my brothers daughter back very methodically, carefully, and aggressively. They are top notch! You won't regret choosing them to represent you and your family.
Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
01:41 24 Aug 22
Everyone I’ve dealt with here at Wasatch Defense has been great to work with. Anytime I call with questions they’re quick to answer and as helpful as they can be.
Kylie C
Kylie C
22:11 23 Aug 22
I highly recommend Wasatch Defense Lawyers. They went above and beyond to help us get my granddaughter back!!!! We were truly blessed to have found them. I can't say enough about how professional and kind they were to us and how hard they worked day and night. They always answered our calls and guided us through the worst time in our lives and most importantly they won our case.
Jodie Fresh
Jodie Fresh
23:00 22 Aug 22
Wasatch defense is great! Everyone there is very nice and professional. They respond quickly and answered all the questions I had!
Kacie Calderon
Kacie Calderon
17:15 22 Aug 22
I went through most of my life fortunate to have never needed an attorney but found myself in a situation where there could've been a lot at stake. So glad to have found Lane, Scott, and the rest of the team at Wasatch Defense! While these guys certainly don't 'sugarcoat' things (which is a good quality, in my opinion), they do exactly what they say they're going to do. They're responsive, accessible, and take care of you. I will go through the rest of my life with their phone number in my contacts, that's for sure! If you're in the process of looking for an attorney, do yourself a favor and give them a call.
Lee L.
Lee L.
16:34 22 Aug 22
I was experiencing some serious charges, my LDA wasn't really helping my case. I reached out at about 4:30 on a Sunday they got back to me within the hour. Lane told me how long the court process would take and always helped keep me calm when my mind would race. He told me the results Mark would get me and Mark did exactly that. If I ever have any legal problems they will definitely be the first ones I call. Id recommend them if you want a lawyer who’s worth the money and service!
Isaiah Garay
Isaiah Garay
04:35 20 Aug 22
I highly recommend Wasatch Defense Lawyers, the team that works with them are truly top notch!
Jeff O'Laughlin
Jeff O'Laughlin
15:41 19 Aug 22
I couldn’t recommend this company more. Truly thankful for the commitment provided to me. If you are looking for a defense lawyer, this is your first stop to securing a hard-working, honest team that truly places you first.Thank you!
Tony Davis
Tony Davis
19:26 18 Aug 22
Outstanding Law firm, they went beyond for my case and won my case, highly recommend!!
Chach
Chach
19:14 18 Aug 22
My family will only use this firm. We have been so impressed with everyone we've met here. These lawyers are knowledgeable and aggressive and it's always paid off.
Kassy Berensen
Kassy Berensen
23:23 28 Jul 22
I've fought alot of cases. This firm was absolutely amazing 5 star experience. The morals and principles of this firms team are Exemplary.. Nicole and Lane were tremendous helps along this road. Amazing communication and stellar lawyer team work to get our best end resolution.. and most important these men and woman care.. Something you will not find often. Thanks you Wasactch Defenders and keep protecting Utahs family's and individualsin need. 🙏🏼
Kaleb n Ąshley Egginton
Kaleb n Ąshley Egginton
16:37 13 Jul 22
These folks are awesome! Did a great job for my family!
Oswald Hegsted
Oswald Hegsted
04:26 13 Jul 22
Wasatch Defense Lawyers was incredibly responsive and supportive with our legal matter. They answered our calls and texts day and night, and left us with the guidance we needed to make the best decisions for our situation. Lane is an all star and ensured we were lined up with the right support. I'd recommend their services without hesitation.
Shaun Hegsted
Shaun Hegsted
20:10 12 Jul 22
Scott was great! He was very patient and explained everything related to my case very well and in detail. I hope I never need them again, but if I do I know I’d be in great hands!
David Orlow
David Orlow
18:58 30 Jun 22
Did a wonderful job, keep my husband and family safe, and protected.
Nikki Allen
Nikki Allen
19:13 07 Jun 22
Worked with Lane, very professional. Made me feel safe, and let me know my assets would be protected.GREAT FIRM!
Flint stone
Flint stone
19:10 07 Jun 22
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

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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 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