On November 21, 2013, Utah Attorney General John Swallow formally announced at a news conference that he is resigning. His resignation is effective at 12:01 a.m on December 2, 2013. Only days after taking office in January, 2013, allegations of unethical and potentially criminal conduct involving Swallow surfaced. The controversy surrounding Swallow was the subject of extensive media coverage and public debate.
The office of the Utah Attorney General has responsibility for a wide variety of legal cases – both civil and criminal. The Attorney General is often considered Utah’s top law enforcement officer, and leads one of the largest law offices in the state. While Swallow was not directly involved in handling most criminal prosecutions, his ability to effectively lead the office has been questioned.
Criminal Defense Law in Utah
Criminal cases filed by the Utah Attorney General’s office include both felonies and misdemeanors. While the office has statewide jurisdiction, most prosecutions are handled by local prosecutor’s offices. Many criminal cases brought by the Utah Attorney General’s office involve complex allegations and legal issues.
If you are facing a criminal prosecution in Utah, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer is vital to achieving the best results for your case. Contact us today to arrange for an initial consultation with Utah criminal lawyer Stephen Howard.