A crime in Utah is classified as a felony offense if it carries a maximum penalty in excess of one year of incarceration or confinement. A felony conviction can also lead to collateral consequences that may affect your ability to get a job, obtain professional licensing, rent an apartment, own or possess a firearm, and more.
As en experienced Utah criminal defense attorney based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard has defended clients facing felony charges in Utah ranging from white collar fraud to aggravated murder, and virtually everything in between. With a record success that speaks for itself, he has the experience to help you get the results you need.
Felony Charge Classifications
Felony charges in Utah are classified as capital felonies, first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree level felony charges. Capital felonies are punishable by death (e.g. aggravated murder). The maximum punishments for other felonies in Utah range from mandatory life in prison for certain first-degree felonies to a maximum of five years in prison for third-degree felonies.
Regardless of degree, any felony charge is serious. Even if a judge grants probation in a felony case (does not impose immediate prison time), a judge can still impose up to a year in jail as a “condition of probation.” Other probation conditions can include drug testing, counseling or treatment, community service, formal supervision through the Department of Corrections Adult Probation and Parole, and other conditions that the court determines will help ensure community safety and offender rehabilitation.
Finding a Felony Defense Attorney in Utah
Choosing the best criminal defense attorney for your case is an important decision that can have a significant impact on the ultimate outcome of your case. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.