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Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer

Being accused of a crime can be overwhelming and intimidating. You could possibly be facing criminal charges as well as civil penalties depending on the crime. Let our attorneys at Jardine Law Offices P.C. represent you and give you peace of mind. With over 15 years of experience with the criminal justice system, Jardine Law Offices P.C. will work diligently on your case to protect your future. Call our office today at 801-350-3506. If you are considering using a public defender for your case, please understand that public defenders are typically responsible for dozens of cases at a time and will not be able to devote their full attention to your case. When you work with an attorney at the Jardine Law Offices P.C., we guarantee that your attorney will be devoted to your case.

What Will an Attorney do to Help Your Case?

It cannot be overstated that anybody charged with a criminal offense in Salt Lake City needs to seek assistance from a skilled criminal defense attorney. A criminal conviction, whether a felony or a misdemeanor, can have a significant impact on your life. At the Jardine Law Offices P.C., our Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyers can:

  • Conduct a complete investigation into your case. Our attorneys will not rely solely on the evidence presented by prosecutors and law enforcement. We will dig into your case and work to uncover any evidence that will help build your defense.
  • Remain in open communication with the prosecutors involved with your case so we know what is going on, and we can pass that information on to you. We have experience working with prosecutors and judges in the Salt Lake City area, and these working relationships will benefit your case immensely.
  • Negotiate with every party involved when it comes to securing a possible plea deal or reduced sentence. We will even work to get the charges against you dismissed altogether.

Types of Criminal Offenses in Salt Lake City

After being charged with a crime, your life could face some pretty significant and possibly destructive changes. Depending on the type and severity of the crime, you could be facing consequences as small as fines or as severe as incarceration. Being found guilty would go on your personal criminal record and could hinder or even prevent you from employment, qualifying for loans, and make it impossible for you to pass background checks. Do not gamble with your future. Let us at Jardine Law Offices P.C. give you and your loved ones comfort knowing your case is being given the attention it deserves.

Criminal offenses can usually be categorized into these five different types of crimes:

Personal Crimes in Salt Lake City

Personal crimes are defined as those that result in physical or mental harm to other individuals. These crimes are taken very seriously because they involve actions taken against another person without their consent.

Property Crimes in Salt Lake City

Property crimes are exactly what their name suggests. These crimes may involve the physical or mental harm of another person, but these primarily result in the deprivation of the use of the property.

  • Theft
  • Burglary
  • Larceny
  • Robbery
  • Auto theft
  • Shoplifting

Inchoate Crimes in Salt Lake City

Inchoate crimes are those that were initiated but not fully completed, as well as actions that assist in the commission of another crime. Inchoate crimes require more than somebody simply intending or hoping to commit the crime. Individuals charged with this offense typically take substantial steps towards the completion of a crime.

  • Aiding and abetting
  • Attempt
  • Conspiracy

Statutory Crimes in Salt Lake City

Statutory crimes are defined as those that are proscribed by the statutes in Utah. This includes the crimes mentioned above, as well as many others. There are a few main types of statutory crimes – alcohol-related crimes, drug-related crimes, traffic offenses, and white-collar crimes.

Financial and Other Crimes in Salt Lake City

Financial and other white-collar crimes typically involve fraud or deception by one person against another individual or business for financial gain. While these crimes are typically thought of as deriving from corporate officials, a person in any industry can commit white-collar crime.

  • Fraud
  • Blackmail
  • Embezzlement
  • Money laundering
  • Tax evasion
  • Cybercrime

There Are Three Basic Classifications Of Crimes In Utah.

When a person is facing a criminal offense in Salt Lake City, they are going to face one of the three following types of charges:

Salt Lake City has one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation, 234{e5f0ef1a42106cc8b203833a9c3c2c30f408a85a022c8afb1558119fad706149} higher than the national average. These violent crimes include rape, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and assault with a deadly weapon. Criminal offenses can range from misdemeanors to murder. Contrary to popular belief, property crimes are reported 10 times more than violent crimes in the U.S.

As the defendant, depending on the crime and circumstances, you will need to prepare a criminal defense with your attorney. Some of the criminal defense options are as follows:

  • Affirmative criminal defense
  • The insanity defense
  • Coercion and duress
  • Abandonment and withdrawal
  • Self-defense
  • Consent
  • Intoxication
  • Statute of limitations

Some possible consequences if convicted guilty are:

  • Loss of driving privileges
  • House arrest
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Imprisonment
  • Court-mandated drug or alcohol rehabilitation

When you are accused of a criminal offense, you will need the very best representation as soon as possible. You should know your rights and what choices are available to you. Having an attorney will get you the best possible outcome. Call Jardine Law Offices P.C. at 801-350-3506. You should feel confident that our criminal attorneys are qualified and proficient. In criminal cases, time is always of the essence. Contact us today or visit our website at www.jardinelawoffices.com to request a free consultation.