Criminal Defense

Utah Trial Lawyers provide criminal defense for state and federal offenses. We offer creative and diligent representation to every client who comes to us for help. The impact of a conviction, whether it be a misdemeanor or a felony can complicate your life.

  • Misdemeanor

  • Felony

  • DUI

Consequences of a conviction will follow you for the rest of your life, because of this we treat each case as if we are going to trial. We don’t look for a quick plea deal and we understand that you deserve quality legal services regardless of whether you are facing a year in jail or a lifetime in prison. We defend all criminal charges such as:


– Domestic Violence

– Drug Crimes


– Sex Crimes

– Violent Crimes

– White Collar Crimes


Crimes are divided into two main classifications of offense: misdemeanor and felony. In general, a misdemeanor is a crime punishable by up to one year in jail. A felony is an offense punishable by a sentence between one year and life in prison, or by death.


Examples of misdemeanors are:Alcohol-Related Traffic Crimes – DUI, DWI, and APC


– Alcohol-Related Traffic Crimes – DUI, DWI, and APC

– Assault

– Shoplifting and Theft

– Domestic Abuse


Misdemeanors are considered “minor crimes,” and are subject to less stringent penalties than felony conviction, but there is nothing minor about spending a year in jail. Our skillful attorneys can launch a strong defense, working to get your case dismissed, to win a not-guilty verdict, or to find sentencing options that can keep you out of jail and allow you to clear your record.


Other crimes are always charged as felonies. Such as violent crimes, sex crimes, and most drug crimes. These crimes are punishable by terms of one year to life in prison. A felony conviction can often carry collateral consequences and can restrict a person’s liberty long after a sentence has been served.


For example, convicted felons are unable to hold certain jobs, they are prohibited from possessing firearms and can lose voting rights. Some examples of felonies are:


– Violent Crimes: Aggravated Assault, Armed Robbery, Murder

– Crimes against Children: Child Abuse or Neglect, Sexual Abuse, Child Pornography

– Drug Crimes: Possession of a Schedule I or II Drug, Possession with Intent to Distribute, Trafficking

– White Collar Crimes: Fraud, Embezzlement

– Sex Crimes: Rape, Sexual Assault, Lewd Acts


There is nothing more frightening than the moment when you or a loved one is arrested and unjustly accused of a crime. The police show up in the middle of the night at your home, or beside your car during a traffic stop. Then the officer turns to you with a friendly smile and asks “can we just take a quick look inside your car, sir?”, or “can we just ask you a few questions and then we’ll let you be on your way?”


Ten minutes later, you or your loved one is handcuffed and sitting in the back of the police cruiser, wondering what went wrong? More importantly, they think, “how in the world am I going to get out of this mess?.”


How can you avoid this situation? It’s very simple. Just remember, when the police ask you questions, there is one sentence that will get you out of more trouble than any other: “I want to talk to my lawyer now, please.”


The Utah Trial Lawyers provide trial-focused representation to clients charged with all manner of criminal offenses, including violent crimes, drug crimes, driving offenses, property crimes, and white collar crimes.


If you have a problem with the law, and want a tough advocate who will fight for your rights, we may be the law firm for you. We are a trial-focused law firm, which means that we only take cases that we are comfortable taking to a jury.


Prosecutors and opposing attorneys know our reputation, and understand that if we are on the case, it is not because we want you to accept a quick and easy plea deal and move on to the next case. They know that we fully intend to take your case all the way to trial unless they give you an offer good enough that it resolves the case.

Call us today at 801-849-9300 and let’s discuss your individual situation in a no-cost confidential consultation.