Criminal Law Attorney Salt Lake City
From DUI and misdemeanor offenses to drug possession and serious felonies, the Utah criminal defense attorneys at Nelson, Taylor & Associates in Salt Lake City will provide you with practical advice and strong, effective representation designed to achieve the best possible result in your given situation. Below are highlights of some of the areas in which we frequently help people accused of committing a crime. Before you talk to the police, talk to our criminal law attorney Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Drug Possessions: Possession and other drug crimes are pursued vigorously by police and prosecutors, with serious fines and lengthy prison sentences facing you if convicted. If you are arrested for possession, you may have many defenses available, including challenges to the constitutionality of the stop, search, seizure, arrest and other procedures. You may also be eligible for one of Utah’s many drug courts, offering drug treatment programs instead of incarceration and eventually resulting in a dismissal of charges. Call our criminal law attorney Salt Lake City, Utah
Juveniles: Although juveniles are often arrested for traffic and misdemeanor offenses, they may be charged with serious felonies as well. A minor who is 16 years old or older charged with certain felonies may be tried and sentenced as an adult under Utah’s serious youth offender law, and once tried as an adult, a minor can be tried as an adult for any subsequent arrest, even if it is not a serious felony.
Even a misdemeanor charge should be taken very seriously. An arrest or criminal record can be devastating to a minor’s future, severely limiting options for college, employment, and government or military service. The standards for conviction are much lower in juvenile court, making it much easier to obtain a conviction against a youth. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Nelson, Taylor & Associates who knows the law and the alternatives available in trying or sentencing minors for juvenile offenses.
Domestic Violence: Utah’s Cohabitant Abuse Procedures Act prohibits not only physical harm against a spouse, but also threats or placing a person in fear of violence by words or actions, as well as stalking. This law covers relatives, household members, or any person with whom you have a child in common. In addition to any criminal charges that may be brought, your rights can be severely affected by a charge of domestic violence. A person making such a claim can have a temporary protective order issued against you immediately, with a hearing on a final protective order taking place within 20 days. A protective order can force you to move out of your own home, cut off all contact with your children, and much more.
Salt Lake Defense Attorneys: The Utah courts utilize an indeterminate sentencing scheme, leaving judges with a wide range of options to deal with a person convicted of a crime, from probation to lengthy prison sentences. At Nelson, Taylor & Associates, we use our knowledge of the law and the legal system to help you obtain the best result in your given situation, whether it be a dismissal of charges, a favorable plea, a not guilty verdict or judgment of acquittal, or an alternative to incarceration. If you have been arrested or targeted by the police or prosecutors as a suspect in a Salt Lake City criminal matter, contact Nelson, Taylor & Associates for immediate assistance.