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Utah Mayhem Attorney - Salt Lake Criminal Defense Lawyer

"Mayhem" is rarely charged under Utah criminal law. But a conviction for mayhem can result in up to 15 years in prison and fines and surcharges of almost $20,000. Stephen Howard is an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney who represents clients charged with mayhem and other violent and non-violent criminal charges throughout Utah. Based in Salt Lake City, he has achieved not guilty verdicts or dismissals for clients facing serious felony and misdemeanor criminal charges. Contact us today to arrange for an initial consultation.

Elements of a Mayhem Charge in Utah

Under the Utah criminal code, a person is guilty of "mayhem" if he "unlawfully and intentionally deprives a human being of a member of his body, or disables or renders it useless, or who cuts out or disables the tongue, puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ear, or lip." A criminal conviction for mayhem is a  second degree felony. Mayhem may also be charged as a domestic violence offense.

The concept of "depriving a human being of a member of his body" typically refers to a situation where a body part is cut or bitten off entirely. Typical allegations in a mayhem case could involve a person biting off a another person's finger or ear during a fight. The removal of a body part can also be done with a knife or other sharp object.

Proof of Intent in a Utah Mayhem Case

Simply engaging in conduct that results in the loss of a body part is not, by itself, sufficient to support a mayhem charge. The prosecuting attorney must also prove that the person acted "intentionally." For example, proof that a person was hit or pushed, and in the process accidentally bites the tip of his tongue, does not, by itself, prove criminal mayhem. But while the evidence my be insufficient to support a mayhem charge, there may still be sufficient evidence to support a charge of assault or aggravated assault.

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If you are charged with mayhem or other criminal conduct, the consequences can be serious. Contact us now to schedule an initial consultation with Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard. See how an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney can help your case.


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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

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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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