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Salt Lake Public Intoxication Attorney - Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer

Public intoxication is a misdemeanor crime in Utah that carries the potential for jail time and a criminal record that can follow you for years. While it is a relatively minor charge, the consequences are sufficiently serious that it is wise to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard has represented clients arrested for intoxication in Utah. His track record for intoxication charges includes dismissals and decisions not to prosecute. Because each case is unique, no attorney can guarantee a specific result for your charges. But hiring an experienced criminal lawyer can give you the best chance at a favorable outcome. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

Elements of a Utah Criminal Intoxication Case

While the charge is often referred to as "public" intoxication, a charge for intoxication in Utah can apply both in public and private places. Typical cases involve allegations that the defendant was intoxicated to a degree that the defendant endangered himself or another person in a public place, or in a private place where other persons are unreasonably disturbed. In Salt Lake City, these charges can be filed for conduct occurring on public streets, in public buildings or private residences, or even at the airport.

If a person under the age of 21 is convicted of intoxication in Salt Lake City, section 76-9-701 of the Utah Code provides that the court is required to suspend the defendant's driver license. This statute does provide an exception in cases where it is the defendant's first violation and the defendant also completes an educational series such as "Prime for Life."

Finding a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Salt Lake City, Utah

Finding the right attorney to handle your criminal defense case can make all the difference. Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard has successfully defended thousands of serious cases during his career, ranging from serious aggravated felonies to misdemeanor charges such as public intoxication. His track record includes not guilty verdicts and dismissals in a variety of serious cases. Based in Salt Lake City, Mr. Howard is pleased to offer services to clients facing criminal charges throughout Utah. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.


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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.
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