Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer in Salt Lake City
Real Experience - Real Results
Real Experience - Real Results
Own Recognizance ("OR") Release - Utah Criminal AttorneyIf you are facing criminal charges in Utah, a court may issue an arrest warrant and order that you be held in jail while the case is pending. An experienced Utah criminal defense attorney may be able to obtain your release from jail by helping to convince the court to order your release from jail on your own recognizance, a reduction in the amount of your bail, or a supervised release from jail. Based in Salt Lake City, criminal attorney Stephen Howard has successfully protected his clients' rights in felony and misdemeanor cases ranging from homicide to DUI. Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation
When will a Utah criminal court order an OR release?An “own recognizance” or “OR” release from jail may be considered by a court in Utah criminal cases where the court is convinced that the defendant is not a flight risk and does not pose a risk to the alleged victims or to the community in general. Other factors that may be considered by the court may include hardships that the defendant may be faced with if he/she is incarcerated during the pendency of the criminal case, the defendant’s prior criminal history, the number of charges in the current case, the severity of the charges, injuries or damages alleged to have been caused by the defendant, the length of time it is anticipated that it will take to resolve the case, or other relevant factors. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side can give you the best chance of obtaining a release.
Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney in Salt Lake CityIf you are facing criminal charges in Utah, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. The best results in your criminal case often depend on having your attorney’s involvement in all stages of the case. Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard has achieved not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and appellate reversals in some of the most serious criminal charges on the books in Utah.
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- Selected Defense Victories
- Dismissed - Client charged with first-degree felony drug distribution and faced the potential of life in prison. Negotiations with prosecutor resulted in misdemeanor plea-in-abeyance agreement and ultimately a complete dismissal of the case.
- Not Guilty - Client charged with second-degree felony home burglary. Defense investigation of the case revealed witnesses, missed by police and prosecutors, who supported client's claim of innocence. Jury found client "not guilty" at trial.
- Dismissed - Client charged with first-degree felony child kidnapping. Full defense analysis of case revealed legal flaws in prosecutor's case that convinced deputy district attorney to dismiss the case outright without further conditions.
- Probation - Client charged with aggravated robbery, and confessed to police before hiring a defense attorney. Defense mitigation efforts resulted in a negotiated resolution that removed "life" in prison as a possibility, and secured a probation sentence from the court.
- Not Guilty - Client charged with aggravated assault for alleged attack with dangerous weapon. Despite the testimony of numerous prosecution witnesses, thorough defense investigation and trial preparation resulted in acquittal.
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