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Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney - Aggravated Felony Charges

Aggravated criminal charges in Utah are felony charges that typically involve the use of a weapon or that involve a serious physical injury. Salt Lake courts and judges take these charges seriously, and there is a real potential for extended prison sentences. As an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Salt Lake City, Utah, Stephen Howard has successfully defended clients in cases of aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary, and more. He is one of only a few criminal defense lawyers in private practice who has now twice successfully avoided the death penalty for clients facing aggravated murder charges. If you are facing aggravated felony charges in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah, it is best to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Contact us now to arrange for an initial consultation.

Aggravated felony charges in Utah are classified (in ascending order of severity) as third-degree, second-degree, first-degree, and capital felony charges. The penalty for a third-degree felony can be up to five years in prison. A first-degree felony can carry up to life in prison. Capital felony charges carry the potential of the death penalty. Some aggravated felony charges carry mandatory prison sentences.

If you have been charged with an aggravated felony, taking your case to trial is only one option. In many aggravated felony cases, Stephen Howard has successfully negotiated resolutions that involved misdemeanor charges, probation, and even pleas in abeyance. No two cases are exactly alike, and no attorney can guarantee a particular outcome for your case. But the chance of a successful result for your case is greatly enhanced when you have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

Finding a Criminal Lawyer in Salt Lake City

Based in  Salt Lake City, criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard is pleased to offer legal services to clients throughout Utah. If you are facing aggravated felony charges in Utah, contact us now to arrange for an initial consultation regarding your criminal case.


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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

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.

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