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How much time will I serve for selling drugs to an undercover police officer in Utah?

Selling drugs, offering to sell drugs, or even just telling an undercover police officer where he can buy drugs could result in a second degree felony charge in Utah.  Under Utah criminal law, distribution of a controlled substance, possession with the intent to distribute, and offering or arranging to distribute a controlled substance can all be charged as second degree felony criminal offenses punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Police in Utah engage in undercover operations to try to catch and arrest people who are dealing drugs.  While the stereotypical undercover police drug operation is aimed at "big time" dealers, the reality is that many people caught in Utah undercover operations are low level dealers, or people who working for the real dealer in order to support their own drug habit or addiction.

Most prosecutors and judges understand that there is a difference between a top level drug dealer and an addict who is just feeding his own habit.  And the sentences imposed by Utah judges for distribution charges can range from prison time to probation and drug treatment.

If you are facing drug distribution charges, having an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney on your side can help give you the best chance of avoiding the most serious consequences of a conviction.  Stephen Howard has handled thousands of serious criminal defense cases during his career, with a track record that speaks for itself.  He is also one of only a few attorneys now in private practice who has served as defense counsel in a Utah felony drug court program.

Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation with Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard.


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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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