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Utah 402 Reduction Attorney - Felony to Misdemeanor - West Jordan Criminal Defense

You may be eligible to have your felony charges reduced to misdemeanors if you have successfully completed your  felony probation.  Call Utah criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard to see if you qualify to get your charges reduced.

Once your probation is terminated successfully, it is best not to wait.  Some people have missed the chance to get their felony charges reduced when they picked up new charges after they completed probation.  Even if the new charge is just a misdemeanor, that can be enough to convince a judge not to reduce the felony conviction to a misdemeanor.

Having a felony conviction on your record in Utah can make it harder to get a job, harder to find a place to live, and much more.  If you have been convicted of a felony in Utah, then you probably know all too well how difficult a felony can make your life.

But if you have completed your probation successfully, you may be eligible to have your charges reduced to misdemeanors under Utah Code Section 76-3-402.  A reduction under this section is often called a "402 reduction."  Even a second degree felony conviction can sometimes be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Getting your conviction reduced can also speed up the expungment process.  For example, a 3rd degree felony has a seven year waiting period from the end of probation.  But once the conviction is reduced to a class A misdemeanor, the waiting period shortened by two years.

The reduction is not automatic.  To obtain a Utah 402 reduction, you will have to demonstrate that it is in "the interests of justice" to reduce your felony conviction to a misdemeanor.  It is important to have an experienced, pesuasive Utah criminal defense attorney advocating for you to give you the best chance of getting your charges reduced.

You worked hard to complete probation successfully.  It is definitely worth the extra effort to get your charges reduced. The payoff for losing that "convicted felon" label is worth it.

With offices located in downtown Salt Lake City, Stephen Howard is pleased to serve clients in West Jordan and throughout Utah.

Contact us today for an initial consultation with Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer Stephen Howard.  Start the process of getting your charges reduced.


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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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