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Salt Lake Criminal Defense Lawyer - Methamphetamine Possession

Possession of methamphetamine ("meth") in Utah begins at the third degree felony level. Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard has extensive experience handling drug cases in Salt Lake and surrounding areas. Trusting your case to an experienced attorney is vital to achieving the best results. Contact us today to arrange for a confidential consultation.

Penalties for Possession of Methamphetamine in Salt Lake

A third degree felony for simple possession of methamphetamine in Utah is punishable by a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. With enhancements, the level of a simple possession offense can be increased to a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Common enhancements to a methamphetamine possession charge in Salt Lake include possession in a drug free zone and possession with the intent to distribute. Either of these will increase the offense level from a third degree to a second degree felony. Both of these enhancements together can increase the charge to a first degree felony with a potential sentence of life in prison.

Alternatives to Incarceration in Utah Criminal Drug Cases

Studies have repeatedly shown that drug treatment is more effective and cheaper than incarceration (jail or prison) when it comes to dealing with drug addiction or substance abuse. While it may be politically popular to take a "tough on crime" approach to drug crimes, experience has shown that drug treatment actually does more good for the individual defendant, the defendant's family, and society as a whole.

While the potential punishments for methamphetamine possession are severe, an experienced Salt Lake drug crimes attorney can help convince prosecutors and judges that treatment makes more sense than extended prison or jail time. Getting involved in treatment while your case is still pending can go a long way toward convincing a judge not to send a person to prison. And if you do decide to take your case to trial, your involvement in treatment should not be used against you at trial.

Choosing the Right Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Utah Drug Case

The issues involved in defending a methamphetamine charge in Utah can be complex. Constitutional issues, evidentiary issues, and complex procedural issues often come into play. Stephen Howard has the experience to help you navigate the criminal justice system. He has successfully protected his clients' rights in thousands of serious felony and misdemeanor cases.

Contact us today for to schedule an initial consultation and case analysis with Stephen Howard. Let us help you begin to develop the best defense strategy for your 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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