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Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer - Aggravated Criminal Charges

Utah Violent Crimes Defense Felony aggravated crimes in Salt Lake City are prosecuted aggressively by the Salt Lake District Attorney's Office.  If you are facing an aggravated criminal charge, you need an experienced Utah criminal lawyer on your side.  Based in Salt Lake City, criminal attorney Stephen Howard has successfully defended serious criminal charges including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, and more.

Aggravated charges carry the potential for substantially increased penalties.  For example, a simple misdemeanor assault punishable by six months in jail becomes a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.  A burglary or robbery charge punishable by up to 15 years in prison becomes a first degree felony punishable by life in prison.  Some aggravated charges are punishable by life in prison without parole ("LWOP").  Aggravated murder is punishable by they death penalty.

The most common grounds for enhancing a criminal charge to an aggravated level include the use of a weapon or the infliction of a serious physical injury.  Charges that can be enhanced to an aggravated level include assault, burglary, robbery, arson, escape, kidnapping, sexual assault, and murder.

If you are facing aggravated criminal charges in Salt Lake City, you could be facing years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.  Stephen Howard is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Salt Lake City with a track record of achieving real results for his clients.

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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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