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Salt Lake Criminal Defense Lawyer - Robbery Defense


A Salt Lake robbery conviction can result in prison time and thousands of dollars in fines.  When it comes to defending robbery cases, Stephen Howard has the experience to help you get the results you need.  If you are facing criminal charges for robbery in the Salt Lake area, you should have a Salt Lake criminal lawyer with a record of achieving real results.  Stephen Howard's record of success in defending robbery cases ranges from outright dismissal to reduction to a misdemeanor level with probation.

Under Utah criminal law, a robbery is essentially a theft plus an assault.  However, while theft and assault can be minor misdemeanor charges, when they are combined to become a robbery charge, the stakes go up dramatically.  A simple robbery charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.  Aggravated robbery can be punished by up to life in prison.

A robbery charge under Utah criminal law can be supported by evidence that a person used or threatened the use of force during the course of committing or attempting to commit a theft.  This means that a person can be charged with robbery even if they don't actually take anything and don't actually use force.  Of course, robbery charges can include the more "classic" kinds of robbery - holding up a convenience store or taking property from someone by force.  But robbery can also include something as simple as pushing a store clerk out of the way after an aborted attempt at shoplifting.

If you are facing criminal prosecution for robbery or other crimes in the Salt Lake area, contact Stephen Howard now to learn what an experienced Utah criminal 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.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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