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Can I be given immunity if I am forced to testify in a Utah criminal case?

The Utah State Constitution as well as the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantee the privilege against self-incrimination.  Generally, this means that you cannot be forced to testify in a case where your testimony could ultimately be used against you in a criminal prosecution. However, there are some circumstances under Utah law in which you may be given immunity and be ordered by a court to testify.

Utah law recognizes two kinds of immunity.  The first is a general immunity, where the prosecuting authority agrees that charges will not be filed against you.  The second kind of immunity in Utah is sometimes referred to as "use" immunity.  If you are given only "use" immunity, this means that you can still be prosecuted, but that the prosecutor will not be allowed to use your own immunized testimony against you.

If you have been subpoenaed to testify and are facing potential criminal prosecution relating to your testimony, it is important to speak to a criminal defense attorney before speaking with police or with a prosecuting attorney.

Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard has extensive experience in defending cases ranging from aggravated murder to DUI, and virtually everything in between.  His record of results speaks for itself.

Contact us to schedule an initial consultation with Utah attorney Stephen Howard today.


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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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