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Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer - Davis County Drug Distribution Defense

A Davis County criminal prosecution for distribution of a controlled substance can result in a felony conviction, years in prison, and thousands of dollars in fines. As an experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard serves clients in Davis County and throughout the state. When facing serious criminal charges, you deserve an attorney with a track record of achieving real results. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Prosecuting Drug Distribution in Davis County

Drug distribution cases in Davis County can be prosecuted as felony charges in the district courts in Bountiful, Farmington, or Layton. Although Davis County justice courts have jurisdiction to hear misdemeanor cases, a charge of distribution of a controlled substance is considered a felony charge which can only be heard at the district court level.

Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, a charge of distribution of a controlled substance can range from the third degree felony level (punishable by 0-5 years in prison) all the way to the first degree felony level (punishable by five years to life in prison). Marijuana distribution begins as a third degree felony, distribution of most other drugs begins at the second degree felony level. Charges can be enhanced if it is alleged that the distribution occurred in a drug free zone, if you have prior convictions, or if other people are alleged to be involved in participating in a distribution scheme.

A person does not have to be a "drug dealer" to be charged with drug distribution in Davis County. Under Utah law, the term "distribution" can include allegations as minor as simply sharing a joint with someone, and as serious as selling drugs for profit.

Whether you want to fight your case to trial or try to reach a negotiated resolution, you deserve an attorney with extensive experience defending drug cases. Stephen Howard is one of only a few Utah criminal lawyers now in private practice who also has years of experience working inside Utah's felony drug court system. He has successfully defended drug cases obtaining dismissals, pleas in abeyance, and successful motions to suppress evidence.

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If you are facing drug charges in Davis County or elsewhere in Utah, having the right attorney can make all the difference in your case. Contact us now for an initial consultation, and see what an experienced criminal attorney can do for you.


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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

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

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

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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