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Domestic Violence Attorney - Criminal Defense Lawyer Utah

Domestic violence charges ("DV" charges) are taken seriously by Utah prosecutors and judges. Utah domestic violence cases can range in level from simple misdemeanors up to serious felony charges.The level of the charge can depend on the circumstances of the individual case, and also on the background of the person charged. Enhanced penalties can also apply under the Utah Cohabitant Abuse Act.

Defending a Utah domestic violence case is not always straightforward or easy. You need an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney on your side. Stephen Howard represents clients charged with domestic violence and other crimes in Utah. He has handled virtually every kind of criminal case ranging from aggravated murder to domestic violence assault. He has a record of achieving real results for his clients.

Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard offers legal services to clients throughout Utah. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and case analysis.

Defending Domestic Violence Charges in Utah

Getting an attorney involved in your Utah domestic violence case as soon as possible can help ensure the best possible outcome. Defending against a Utah domestic violence charge is not a simple matter. While the prosecution generally bases its case on what was initially reported to the police, it is rare that those initial police reports give a complete or accurate account of what really happened.

Sometimes the reports made to police are simply fabricated. Sometimes, the accounts are exaggerated beyond what actually happened. Sometimes, there is an entire side of the story that is missing from the reports - your side. An experienced Utah domestic violence attorney can help you present your side of the story in the way most likely to achieve the results you need.

Penalties for Domestic Violence Convictions in Utah
The level of a domestic violence criminal charge in Utah can range from a minor misdemeanor to a first degree felony. Maximum potential penalties can range from 90 days in jail (for a class C misdemeanor) to life in prison (for a first degree felony). Penalties can also include thousands of dollars in fines.

In addition to the penalties imposed by the sentencing judge, there are other collarteral consequences that can accompany a domestic violence donviction. One of the most significant consequences relates to the possession or use of firearms. A domestic violence conviction will result in the loss of a concealed carry permit and the loss of the right to use or possess firearms.

What crimes are considered "domestic violence" under the Utah criminal code?

There are a number of criminal charges under Utah law that can be considered "domestic violence" crimes.  The key factor that determines whether the crime can be charged as a domestic violence crime is if the alleged victim is a "cohabitant" of the defendant.  

The Utah criminal code gives a broad definition to the term "cohabitant" which can include anyone you are related to either by blood or by marriage, anyone you have lived with ("resided" with), and anyone you have a child in common with.

Criminal charges that can be filed as "domestic violence" crimes include:


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If you are facing prosecution for domestic violence or any other criminal charges, contact us now to arrange an initial consultation. See what an experienced criminal defense lawyer can do for your case.


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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

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560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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