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How can I get a felony reduced to a misdemeanor in Utah?

The best time to avoid getting a felony on your record is before you are convicted.  Getting a not guilty verdict or a dismissal may be the ideal result for a criminal case.  But an honest attorney will admit that those results are not always possible.  The next best thing to a dismissal in a felony case can be having your felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor through a negotiated resolution.  Contact Utah criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard to learn more about defending felony charges in Utah.

Stephen Howard has successfully negotiated misdemeanor resolutions to cases as serious as aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, child abuse homicide, kidnapping, drug distribution, and more. If you are charged with a felony in Utah, the consequences can extend far beyond the courtroom.  You deserve an experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer on your side to give you the best chance of winning at trial or negotiating a resolution that may keep you from being convicted of a felony

There are, however, times when a person is not able to avoid being convicted of a felony.  Whether you had the unfortunate experience of losing at trial, or whether you chose to accept a plea bargain that resulted in a felony conviction, you may not have to be branded a "convicted felon" for the rest of your life.

Using a procedure commonly called a "402 reduction" (referring to Utah criminal code section 76-3-402), you may be eligible to have a felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor if you successfully completed probation.  Even if you were denied the opportunity of probation or had your probation revoked unsuccessfully, you may still be elibible for an expungement.

Regardless of your situation, Stephen Howard has extensive experience defending criminal cases in Utah.  He has achieved a record of results that speaks for itself.  Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation.


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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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