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Vehicle Burglary in Utah - Criminal Lawyer Salt Lake

Vehicle burglary in Utah begins as a class A misdemeanor charge. But it is often accompanied by charges of theft, criminal mischief, or possession of burglary tools. Stephen Howard is an experienced Utah criminal defense lawyer based in Salt Lake City who defends vehicle burglary charges and other criminal defense cases throughout Utah. He has a record of achieving real results for his clients. Contact us today for an initial consultation and case analysis.

Elements of a Vehicle Burglary Charge in Utah

Vehicle burglary is defined under the Utah criminal code as follows: "Any person who unlawfully enters any vehicle with the intent to commit a felony or theft is guilty of a burglary of a vehicle."  The term "enters" is given a broad definition. Breaking a window and reaching into the vehicle, or even just reaching a hand through an already open window, meets the "enters" requirement under the vehicle burglary statute.

Consequences of a Utah Conviction for Vehicle Burglary

As a class A misdemeanor in Utah, vehicle burglary is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and almost $5,000 in fines and surcharges. But a vehicle burglary charge is often accompanied by other charges including theft or possession of burglary tools. The addition of these two charges can easily double the maximum potential sentence.

Finding a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Salt Lake City Utah

If you are facing vehicle burglary charges in Utah, you need an attorney on your side who has a record of achieving real results for his clients. Based in Salt Lake City, Stephen Stephen Howard has successfully defended thousands of serious criminal cases during his career. His record includes not guilty verdicts, dismissals, and reversals on appeal for some of the most serious criminal charges on the books in Utah. Contact us now to learn how Utah criminal lawyer Stephen Howard can help 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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