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Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer - Assault and Battery


Charges of simple assault or battery in Salt Lake City are often handled  in the Salt Lake City Justice Court.  Even a misdemeanor assault or battery charge can still result in substantial jail time, heavy fines, and other consequences.  If a weapon or injuries are involved, the charge can be enhanced to an aggravated assault.

As a criminal defense lawyer in Salt Lake City, Utah, Stephen Howard has extensive experience defending assault charges and other violent crimes.  He has obtained not guilty verdicts or dismissals on charges including aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, simple assault, aggravated robbery, and more.  If you are facing criminal prosecution in Salt Lake City for assault or other criminal charges, an experienced criminal lawyer can make all the difference.

A skilled criminal defense lawyer can help you explore possible defenses in your case.  Under Utah criminal law, self-defense provides a complete defense to a charge of assault.  Defending another person or defending property under some circumstances can also form a complete defense to a charge of assault.  

As a criminal lawyer in Utah who has handled literally thousands of serious criminal charges, Stephen Howard has the experience necessary to spot potential defenses involving factual errors, mistaken identity issues, constitutional violations, and more.

If you have been charged with a crime in the Salt Lake area, contact us now for a free consultation.


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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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