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

Utah Marijuana Defense Attorney in Salt Lake City

Utah has strict criminal penalties associated with drug crimes, including marijuana possession and distribution. Depending on the amount of marijuana possessed and its intended use, marijuana charges in Utah can range from the class B misdemeanor level (punishable by up to six months jail) to much more serious felony charges with potential prison terms of several years.

If you hare facing criminal charges for marijuana possession in Utah, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side to ensure that your rights are protected. You need an attorney with a record of achieving real results for his clients. Don't settle for anything less. Contact us today to arrange for a confidential consultation with Utah criminal attorney Stephen Howard.

Defending Marijuana Charges in Utah

Drug Crimes Defense - Utah Criminal Lawyer Salt LakeDefending a criminal case involving marijuana drug possession requires an understanding of complex constitutional law involving Fourth Amendment search and seizure issues and Fifth Amendment protections. It requires an understanding of Utah's laws regarding "constructive" possession and "innocent" possession principles. And it requires an understanding of the effect in Utah of the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in other states.

Defending a marijuana charge in Utah can require detailed factual and legal analysis, motions to suppress evidence, and all of the complexities involved in a jury trial. Defense of a Utah marijuana case can also mean engaging the prosecutor in negotiations which may result in a better outcome than the likely result at trial. A successful defense can depend on having an attorney with the experience to understand which strategy is best-suited to achieve your individual goals in the case.

Stephen Howard has successfully defended drug cases in Utah ranging from first-degree felony distribution to misdemeanor marijuana and paraphernalia charges. He has the experience needed to help you achieve the best results for your case.

Consequences of Marijuana Convictions in Utah

Cultural attitudes toward marijuana are changing. But from a legal perspective, if you are facing criminal charges relating to marijuana possession, you should take the case very seriously.

A criminal charge for possession of marijuana can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances. At its lowest level, marijuana possession is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail. Distribution of marijuana, or possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Drug free zone enhancements can increase the potential penalties for simple possession to a maximum of a year in jail; marijuana distribution charges can be enhanced to the second degree felony level, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Drug convictions in Utah can result in a driver license suspension. A conviction for marijuana possession is also a criminal conviction that can become a part of your criminal record, and may affect your ability to find employment or take advantage of other potential opportunities.

While many marijuana possession charges are handled through Utah's justice court system, it is a criminal charge that should be taken seriously. Having an experienced Utah criminal attorney on your side can help give your case the best chance of success.

Effects of Legalization of Marijuana in Other States on Utah Cases

Although some states have legalized the possession of marijuana, Utah still strictly enforces criminal laws against possession of marijuana. Residents of Colorado, Arizona, or California are commonly pulled over for traffic violations while traveling through Utah. If police smell marijuana, they may have a sufficient basis to search a vehicle. Even if a person has a prescription for marijuana or a medical marijuana card from another state, he may still face criminal prosecution for possession of a controlled substance in Utah. In some cases, a person may even be charged in Utah for driving with a measurable controlled substance metabolite, even when the last time he used marijuana was prior to coming to Utah.

Finding a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney for Marijuana Charges

If you are facing criminal prosecution on a marijuana charge, you need an experienced and effective Utah criminal defense attorney on your side.  Stephen Howard has successfully handled drug cases ranging from first degree felony distribution to misdemeanor marijuana possession. And he has a record of achieving real results for his clients.

Contact Stephen Howard now to see how he can help you with your case.
 

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 AttorneyDismissed - Charges of insurance fraud were brought when investigators found reason to believe that client's claim of injury was fraudulent. Client was seen kicking a soccer ball, and investigators concluded that the injury claim was false. By obtaining medical records and other administrative records, and by pointing out to the prosecutor that the alleged injury interferred with the client's ability to lift - not his ability to kick a ball - the prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case.
  • Drug Crimes Defense Attorney Utah Dismissed - Client facing first-degree felony drug distribution charge and potential life in prison. Charges were based on allegations that client had sold drugs to an undercover police officer, then made a full confession. Successful mitigation work resulted in negotiated offer of misdemeanor plea-in-abeyance and ultimate dismissal of case.
  • Utah Expungement Attorney Salt Lake Davis Expunged - Client with prior conviction for violent felony was ineligible for expungement through the courts. A successful 2-step reduction restored expungement eligibility and ultimately led to the court's decision to grant the requested expungement.
  • Utah Burglary Attorney Dismissal - Client was charged with first-degree felony home burglary and facing potential life in prison. Defense analysis revealed flaws in prosecutor's case which led to abeyance agreement intended to lead to a full dismissal of the case.
  • Recent Posts
  • What to Do When Arrested for DUI What should I do if I am arrested for DUI? - Many DUI cases begin as minor traffic stops. But the consequences of a DUI conviction are much more serious than an ordinary traffic citation. If you are pulled over for a suspected DUI, you have specific important constitutional and statutory rights that can protect your. . . .
  • Utah Statewide Warrant Search How do I find out if I have an outstanding warrant? - If you believe you may have an outstanding arrest warrant in Utah, a criminal defense attorney can access the Utah statewide warrant system and help you find the best. . . .
Best Utah Criminal Defense Strategy

The right criminal defense lawyer can work with you to develop a defense strategy designed to achieve the best results. Hiring a Utah criminal attorney with real courtroom experience and an in-depth understanding of the legal issues involved in defending against a criminal prosecution can help ensure the best...

Strategy »
Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney Profile Utah

With decades of combined experience, our criminal defense team attorneys have the knowledge, skill, and determination to help you achieve the results you need. Facing criminal prosecution in Utah can have serious consequences. Choosing the best attorney to defend your case may be one of the most important decisions you will ever make....

Experience »
Conviction Consequences in Utah Criminal Prosecutions

Even a single misdemeanor conviction in Utah can result in extended jail time and substantial fines. The collateral consequences of a criminal conviction can last a lifetime. Whether you are facing misdemeanor prosecution in a justice court or more serious felony charges in the district court, obtaining advice and assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney is....

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.