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Salt Lake Drug Distribution Defense Lawyer

Drug distribution charges in Salt Lake City can apply to more than just the stereotypical "drug dealer."  Under Utah law, the statute defining the crime of distribution of a controlled substance can apply to persons who sell drugs for cash, trade drugs for property or services, or even just share drugs with a friend.  If you have been charged with drug distribution in Salt Lake City or elsewhere in Utah, it is critical to have an experienced defense attorney on your side.  Stephen Howard is an experienced Salt Lake criminal defense attorney who has successfully defended drug distribution charges ranging from marijuana to more serious first degree felony distribution charges where his clients could have faced life in prison.   He has the experience to help you get the results you need.

If you are charged with drug distribution in the Salt Lake area, your case is much more serious than a simple drug possession case.  For example, a simple class B misdemeanor marijuana possession case becomes a third degree felony if a person is found to have distributed or even if it is determined that the person merely had the intent to distribute the marijuana.  The maximum punishment for possession of methamphetamine, heroin, or other "felony" drugs increases from five to fifteen years if a person is found to have distributed those drugs.  With a "drug free zone" enhancement, the maximum penalty can increase to a potential life prison term.

If you are facing prosecution for drug distribution or other drug-related charges in the Salt Lake area, contact us now to arrange for an initial consultation with Salt Lake area 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

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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