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Salt Lake Criminal Defense Lawyer - Utah Drug Distribution Attorney

Salt Lake prosecutors and judges take drug distribution cases very seriously.  Being charged with distribution of a controlled substance in Salt Lake can result in a felony a conviction and a sentence of years in prison plus thousands of dollars in fines.  When facing serious criminal charges, you need more than a sales pitch.  You need an experienced Salt Lake criminal defense attorney with a track record of real results.

When they think of drug distribution charges, many people imagine drug dealers, big drug busts, or even drug cartels.  The reality is that most drug distribution charges in Salt Lake involve individuals who are selling small amounts of drugs just to support their own addiction or drug habit, or individuals who may have gotten caught "sharing" drugs with a friend.

Under the criminal law governing distribution of a controlled substance, distribution of any amount of a controlled substance can result in serious felony charges.  Other than marijuana, most drug distribution charges are filed as second degree felonies, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and nearly $20,000 in fines and surcharges.  If you are charged with distributing drugs in a "drug free zone," the charge can be enhanced to a first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.

Utah criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard has defended literally thousands of serious felony charges during his career.  Whether you intend to fight your case all the way or would rather try to reach a negotiated resolution, he has the experience, skill, and determination to help you get the results you need.

Contact us now to learn how an experienced Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney 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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