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Salt Lake Criminal Lawyer - Defense Philosophy

As an experienced Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer, Stephen Howard understands the difference between an "aggressive" defense and an "effective" defense. Many attorneys claim to "fight for you" or to be "aggressive." But getting the best result for your case often requires strategy, skill, a thorough understanding of the law, and diplomacy. Don't settle for an "aggressive" defense when you can have an experienced and effective defense lawyer on your side. After handling thousands of serious felony charges, Mr. Howard has developed an approach to criminal defense that is designed to get the results his clients need. "Aggressive" representation has its place.  But there are many situations that call for a more sophisticated approach. A good attorney knows how to fight hard, and also how to fight smart. Learn more.

Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer - Results

If you are facing criminal charges, you need more than just a sales pitch. Stephen Howard is a Salt Lake criminal defense attorney who has handled more serious felony cases than most attorneys will see in their entire careers. He has a record of real results that includes dismissals or not guilty verdicts on charges including aggravated robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, domestic violence, drug crimes, forgery, DUI, and many more. He is one of only a few attorneys now in private practice who has twice successfully avoided the death penalty clients charged with aggravated murder. Learn more.

Salt Lake City Criminal Defense - Attorney Profile

Stephen Howard began his career as a criminal defense lawyer as part of the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association. He quickly advanced to the felony trial team where he handled literally thousands of serious felony charges over the next decade. His skill as an attorney eventually earned him a position on the capital defense team. As part of this team, he became one of only a few Salt Lake attorneys who has successfully avoided the death penalty for a client charged with aggravated murder. In private practice, Mr. Howard takes only a few cases at a time, allowing him to give each client and case the attention necessary to achieve real results. Learn more.

Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer - Consequences of Conviction

A criminal conviction can carry serious consequences. Whether you are facing a "minor misdemeanor" in a Salt Lake justice court, or a more serious felony in the district court, you face the risk of incarceration in addition to other collateral consequences that come with a conviction. Even a first offense can land you in the Salt Lake County Jail. An effective Salt Lake City defense lawyer can give you your best chance of achieving a positive outcome in your case. Learn more.

Salt Lake City Defense Attorney - Drug Crimes / DUI / DWI

Drugs and alcohol play a role in a large percentage of criminal cases. Even if the charge is not a "drug" charge, many people find themselves facing criminal charges as a result of their struggles with substance abuse and addiction. Salt Lake City criminal attorney Stephen Howard understands that if drugs or alcohol are a problem in your life, that handling the legal case is only half the battle. He previously served as defense counsel in a felony drug court program, and has received extensive training in how the criminal justice system can best help a person struggling with addiction. If drugs are a part of your life, you need an attorney who understands more than just the legal system. Mr. Howard's experience and training can help guide you toward a more lasting solution. Learn more.

Salt Lake County District Courts and Justice Courts

With an office centrally located in downtown Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard offers services to clients in all Salt Lake County District Courts and Justice Courts. District Courts include the Salt Lake City District Court and West Jordan District Court. Justice Courts include Alta, Bluffdale, Draper, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Sandy, South Jordan, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, West Jordan, and West Valley.

If you have a charge pending in any of these courts, contact us now to see how we can help.


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Aggressive is good. Effective is better. The best defense strategy in any given criminal case can require in-depth analysis of the facts and a thorough understanding of applicable statutes, case law, and complex procedural and evidentiary rules. Having an experienced attorney on your side....

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Finding the right criminal defense lawyer for you Utah criminal case will be one of the most important decision you make. Before hiring any lawyer, there are a number of important factors to consider. The person you select as your criminal defense attorney will be responsible to defend your case and protect your rights....

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Conviction Consequences - Utah Criminal Defense

In Utah, even a "minor" misdemeanor conviction carries the potential for jail time and significant fines. A felony conviction carries the potential of lengthy prison terms and the various consequences that come with being labeled as a convicted felon. Never plead guilty without first finding out....

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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....

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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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