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Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer - Criminal Homicide

Utah Violent Crimes Defense Attorney Under Utah criminal law, criminal acts that result in the death of another person can range from the misdemeanor level to a capital offense punishable by the death penalty.  The chief factor in determining the level of the offense is often intent.  A person who accidentally causes another person's death may be facing only misdemeanor charges.  While intentionally causing a person's death may result in murder charges punishable by life in prison or even the death penalty.  Stephen Howard has defended charges ranging from negligent homicide to capital aggravated murder.  He is one of only a few criminal defense lawyers in Salt Lake City now in private practice who has successfully avoided the death penalty for a client charged with aggravated murder.  If you are facing homicide charges in Utah, you need an experienced criminal lawyer with a record of real results.

Emotions run high in a criminal homicide case.  Even in a misdemeanor negligent homicide case, there is a real risk of serving substantial jail time if convicted.  At higher felony homicide levels, a conviction will likely mean many years or even life in prison.

Although the stakes are high in a homicide case, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you determine what defenses are available in your case.  Some of the more common issues that can lead to successful defense of a criminal homicide case include challenging the actual cause of death, mistaken identity, constitutional defenses, and self defense.

Utah's criminal homicide statutes include negligent homicide, homicide by assault, automobile homicide, child abuse homicide, manslaughter, murder, and aggravated murder.

As an experienced Utah criminal attorney, Stephen Howard has also defended thousands of other serious felony charges for clients in Salt Lake City and in Utah during his career.  His track record speaks for itself.

Contact us now to schedule a free consultation and see what an experienced Utah defense lawyer can do for 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

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In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
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