Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Utah
Criminal Defense Attorney Stephen Howard
Call Criminal Defense Attorney in Utah
Call Utah Criminal Lawyer
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys / Former Prosecutors
Call 801-449-1409 now for help protecting your rights.
Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer Salt Lake City

Criminal Defense Solutions Start HereSM

Finding a Felony Defense LawyerChoosing a Misdemeanor Defense LawyerDrug and Alcohol Crimes Defense LawyerWhite Collar Defense Attorney for Utah ChargesAttorney for Expungements Reductions and PardonsDefendant Constitutional Rights Criminal LawyerBail and Bond Alternatives in UtahReasons for Hope Facing Criminal Charges

What should I do if police want to question me?

Under both the United States and Utah constitutions, you have a privilege against self incrimination. That means that in almost all circumstances, you can invoke your Fifth Amendment protections and refuse to answer police questions. In many cases, remaining silent will be to your advantage. But there are possible exceptions when speaking with police can help your situation. Before deciding whether to speak with a police officer, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Stephen Howard is a criminal defense lawyer who has handled literally thousands of serious criminal cases - more than most Utah attorneys will see in their entire careers. His experience includes charges ranging from aggravated murder to DUI, and virtually everything in between. As a result, he is well-qualified to help you decide how to handle a police request for an interview or questioning. Contact us today to arrange for an initial confidential consultation.

The Fifth Amendment Right to Remain Silent

There is a natural human desire to want to be heard and understood. It is common for a person who is called in by police for questioning to believe that if they can only explain their side of the story, the police will understand the situation. But what more often happens is that police engage the principle of "anything you say can and will be used against you."

As a general rule, police officers and detectives are typically not inclined to interrogate individuals that are believed to be innocent. Police do sometimes interview witnesses who are not suspected of any illegal activity. But there are sometimes very fine distinctions between an innocent witness and a criminal suspect. Before speaking with police, it is adviseable to consult first with an experienced criminal attorney.

In some cases, it will make sense to agree to an interview with police - even when the subject of the interview is a suspect in the police investigation and even if the subject of the interview is in fact guilty of a crime. But these situations are generally few and far between. The safer practice is to politely decline a police invitation to answer questions, and instead inform the officer that that based on information from an attorney, you will be invoking your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and are refusing to answer any questions until your attorney is present. Only after consulting with an experienced criminal defense lawyer and discussing teh specific facts and details of your situation can you make a fully-informed decision as to whether or not it is in your best interest to speak to the police.

Finding a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney

Utah Criminal Defense LawyerIf you have been contacted by police with a request for an interview, if you have been stopped by police and face questioning, or if you have received a subpoena to testify in court, consutlation with an experienced criminal defense attorney is strongly advised so that you can understand your Fifth Amendment rights and how they can protect you. Contact us today to arrange for a confidential initial consultation with Utah criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard.

RELATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE QUESTIONS


Best Rating
Make a Payment to Your Account
Get Help Now
Name: Email: Phone: Describe your legal needs here:
I accept the disclaimer below.
Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is established by the use of this form. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be submitted through this form. By clicking 'submit' I am only requesting that I be contacted for the purpose of obtaining legal services.

This form protected by reCAPTCHA.

  • Selected Victories
  • Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyNot Guilty - Client was charged with aggravated assault for alleged attack using broken bottle as a weapon. Despite the testimony of numerous prosecution witnesses, thorough defense investigation to support a self-defense claim resulted in acquittal by jury at trial.
  • Drug Crimes Defense Attorney Utah Dismissed - Client was facing multiple cases involving first-degree felony drug distribution charges for allegedly selling to a confidential informant. Defense analysis of the case revealed fatal flaws in the prosecution case that ultimately resulted in a complete dismissal of all cases and charges.
  • Utah Probation Attorney Released - Client absconded for more than 10 years from felony probation with Adult Probation and Parole. At an order to show cause hearing, prosecutor argued aggressively for prison. Based on effective mitigation efforts by the defense, the judge agreed to release client without further jail.
  • Utah Burglary Defense Attorney Not Guilty - Client was charged with second-degree felony residential burglary and facing potential prison time. Investigation by the defense revealed multiple witnesses, missed by police and prosecutors, who supported client's claim of innocence. At trial, the jury returned a "not guilty" verdict on all charges.
Best Criminal Defense Strategy

The best outcome is more likely when the right strategy is employed. Developing the best strategy can require real courtroom experience, a thorough understanding of procedural and substantive legal issues, and a determination to ensure that important constitutional and other legal rights are protected. Choosing the right attorney....

Strategy »
Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Profile Utah

Choosing the best criminal defense attorney for your Utah criminal case may be the single most important decision you make. The courtroom can be a hostile place. Prosecutors receive extensive training on legal and tactical issues. Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side is critical to defending your case and protecting your rights....

Experience »
Conviction Consequences in Utah Criminal Prosecutions

Jail time, prison time, thousands of dollars in fines, and the lifetime collateral consequences of having a criminal conviction on your record - all of these and more are at stake when you are facing criminal prosecution in Utah. Understanding what is at risk is critical. Even so-called "minor" misdemeanor cases can have serious consequences....

Consequences »
Utah Criminal Defense Attorney - Hope

Facing criminal prosecution in Utah can feel like your world is collapsing. But there are reasons to remain hopeful, and there are things you can do right now that can help increase the odds of a successful outcome. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the various options you have, and can help you....

Reasons to Hope »
Home | Attorney Profile | Case Results | Criminal Code | FAQ | Legal Resources | Defense Strategy | Contact Us

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

Call now to arrange for a confidential initial consultation with an experienced and effective Utah criminal defense lawyer.

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

Stephen W. Howard, PC

The materials in this website are intended for informational purposes only, and are not legal advice. Viewing or responding to materials in this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. Read Full Disclaimer.