Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Utah
Call Criminal Defense Attorney in Utah
Call Utah Criminal Lawyer
Veteran Criminal Defense Attorneys / Former Prosecutors
Call 801-449-1409 now for help protecting your rights.
Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer Salt Lake City

Criminal Defense Solutions Start HereSM

Finding a Felony Defense LawyerChoosing a Misdemeanor Defense LawyerDrug and Alcohol Crimes Defense LawyerWhite Collar Defense Attorney for Utah ChargesAttorney for Expungements Reductions and PardonsDefendant Constitutional Rights Criminal LawyerBail and Bond Alternatives in UtahReasons for Hope Facing Criminal Charges

Salt Lake Misdemeanor Lawyer - Out-of-State Defendants

Can I handle a Salt Lake misdemeanor criminal charge without appearing in court if I live out-of-state?

If you have been charged with a crime while visiting Utah, it may be possible to resolve the case without requiring a return trip for court. In some cases, a personal court appearance will be required. But in other cases, a criminal defense attorney can appear on your behalf and resolve the matter without requiring you to appear personally in court.

If you intend to take your case to trial, your presence at trial can be vital to a successful outcome. But often times, your appearance can be waived at pretrial conferences or other preliminary court proceedings. Depending on the facts of the case, past record of the defendant, positions taken by the prosecutor, and the goals of the defendant, a negotiated resolution may be possible that would not require a personal appearance.

Having the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help limit unnecessary travel time and costs. More important, your attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected through the entire criminal court process.

As a criminal defense attorney in Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard has handled many misdemeanor and felony cases for clients living out-of-state, often without the client ever returning to Utah. Contact us today to arrange for an initial consultation regarding your Utah criminal case.

Negotiated Resolutions for Out-of-State Residents

If you have been in Salt Lake City or other places in Utah, whether for business, on vacation, or just while passing through, and have found yourself facing misdemeanor or felony criminal charges, you have a number of options for dealing with the charges. A jury trial is only one of those options. In many cases, a negotiated resolution will actually result in a better outcome.

If you anticipate reaching a negotiated resolution in your case, arrangements can sometimes be made to allow a plea to be made in absentia (by notarized affidavit). In order to effectively resolve your in absentia, all important disputed points in the case should be resolved by negotiations between the parties. In some cases, there may be a negotiated resolution reducing the level of the offense, or dismissing some charges in exchange for a plea to another charge. In other cases, a plea-in-abeyance agreement may be reached, which would ultimately result in the dismissal of charges.

In cases where a prosecutor is seeking jail time, a defendant will generally better off appearing personally at a sentencing hearing, in order to give the court the best reasons not to impose a jail sentence. If the issue of incarceration cannot be resolved through negotiations, then a plea in absentia may not be appropriate for your case.

In felony cases, Utah law generally requires a defendant to appear in person. But in some instances, an experienced defense attorney may be able to negotiate a reduction in the charges to the misdemeanor level. If a misdemeanor reduction is achieved, then Utah law provides the same opportunity to prepare an appropriate affidavit whereby the defendant may enter a plea in absentia.

Taking a Criminal Case to Trial

If you intend to take your case to trial, you should plan on appearing in court at least for the trial. Prior to a trial, there may be a variety of motion hearings, scheduling conferences, etc. With the court's permission, your appearance at many of these preliminary pre-trial hearings may be waived. You may instead have your attorney appear on your behalf.

Contact a Utah Criminal Lawyer in Salt Lake City

Utah Criminal Defense AttorneyStephen Howard has successfully defended clients facing charges ranging from homicide to DUI, and virtually everything in between. If you are facing criminal charges in Salt Lake City, or elsewhere in Utah, your best strategy is to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard offers legal services to clients throughout Utah.  Contact us today to arrange for an initial consultation.

RELATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE TOPICS


Best Rating
Make a Payment to Your Account
Get Help Now
Name: Email: Phone: Describe your legal needs here:
I accept the disclaimer below.
Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship is established by the use of this form. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be submitted through this form. By clicking 'submit' I am only requesting that I be contacted for the purpose of obtaining legal services.

This form protected by reCAPTCHA.

  • Selected Victories
  • Criminal Defense Trial AttorneyNot Guilty - Client was charged with aggravated assault for alleged attack using broken bottle as a weapon. Despite the testimony of numerous prosecution witnesses, thorough defense investigation to support a self-defense claim resulted in acquittal by jury at trial.
  • Minor Possession Alcohol - MIP AttorneyDismissed - Minor in possession charge (MIP) was dismissed by prosecutor when defense analysis demonstrated that the police had failed to obtain necessary evidence against client. Police had raided a large party involving underage drinking. Several individuals were charged, but police did not obtain evidence showing that client had personally consumed or possessed alcohol. Case was dismissed.
  • Utah Expungement Attorney Expungement - Worked to restore client's expungement eligibility through 402 reduction process, then filed successful expungement petitions in multiple courts obtaining expungement orders and clearing client's official criminal history.
  • Felony Attorney Utah Dismissed - Client facing first-degree felony charge and possible life in prison for child kidnapping. Full defense analysis of the case revealed critical legal flaws in the prosecution's case. When confronted with the defense legal analysis, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case outright without trial.
  • Recent Posts
  • What Constitutes Drug Parpahernalia in Utah How is drug paraphernalia defined in Utah? - The definition of drug paraphernalia under the Utah criminal code looks at both the nature of the object and also the intended use of the object in question. . . .
  • Utah Misdemeanor Attorney Salt Lake Can I handle a Utah misdemeanor from out-of-state? - Even if you do not intend to take your case to trial, a misdemeanor criminal offense in Utah can require multiple court appearances to reach a resolution. If you have been charged with a crime in Utah, but are not a Utah resident, an experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you resolve the case without returning to the state. . . .
Best Utah Criminal Defense Strategy

Successfully defending against criminal prosecution requires more than just an 'aggressive' defense. The best defense attorneys understand that a sophisticated defense requires a thorough understanding of a variety of nuanced legal issues, real experience in the courtroom, good negotiation skills, and much more. Fighting hard is good. Fighting smart is better....

Strategy »
Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Profile Utah

Defending against a criminal prosecution in Utah is a job that has to be done right the first time. Choosing the right attorney to defend you can be the most important decision you make. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling some of the most serious felony and misdemeanor charges on the books in Utah. No matter what charges you are facing, we can help....

Experience »
Conviction Consequences - Utah Criminal Defense

A Utah criminal prosecution can result in a lifetime of consequences. Beyond jail and prison, a conviction can affect many areas of life, including employment, housing, finances, family, and much more. Never plead guilty without first consulting with an experienced criminal attorney. Understanding what is at stake is the first step....

Consequences »
Utah Criminal Defense Attorney - Hope

Facing criminal prosecution in Utah can feel like your world is collapsing. But there are reasons to remain hopeful, and there are things you can do right now that can help increase the odds of a successful outcome. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you evaluate the various options you have, and can help you....

Reasons to Hope »
Home | Attorney Profile | Case Results | Criminal Code | FAQ | Legal Resources | Defense Strategy | Contact Us

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.

Stephen W. Howard, PC

The materials in this website are intended for informational purposes only, and are not legal advice. Viewing or responding to materials in this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. Read Full Disclaimer.