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Salt Lake City Criminal Law Firm Defends Your Rights

Count on criminal defense lawyers to fight for you in state and federal courts

Our experienced attorneys understand the stress that comes with being charged in a criminal matter. That’s why we work hard to make sure you understand your rights, every phase of the judicial process and how each step affects you. At Smart, Schofield, Shorter, we have been tested in the courtroom, and we know how to fight for your rights and protect your freedom.

Every individual deserves personal, dedicated representation

Our criminal attorneys are experienced defenders with an intimate knowledge of the Utah criminal code. We can help you understand your charges and the best way to move forward with your case.

We are a criminal defense law firm that aids individuals with felony or a misdemeanor charges in the following criminal matters.

  • Drug crimes — We handle we handle both felonies and misdemeanors drug crimes cases.
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)/Driving while intoxicated (DWI) — Our attorneys will guide you through the entire process if you have been charged with DUI/DWI violations.
  • Assault and violent crimes — Our attorneys provide an aggressive defense on any assault charges.
  • Weapons violations and gun rights — We help clients whose Second Amendment gun rights have been violated.
  • Juvenile crimes — Our attorneys are experienced with the juvenile system and can help minors accused in  juvenile court get a second chance.
  • Sex crimes — You need an experienced attorney to navigate the system for any sex crime.
  • Federal charges  — Let our attorneys assist you to understand complicated federal laws.
  • White-collar crimes — We understand the complexities of white collar crimes, including securities violations and other fraud charges.

Misdemeanor and felony. What is the difference?

The basic difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the degree of punishment associated with the charge. For a misdemeanor, you will not serve longer than one year. You will serve that time in jail rather than in prison. Beyond the criminal justice system, having been charged with a misdemeanor will make it difficult to land a good job. In time, some misdemeanors can be expunged from your record.

There are three levels of misdemeanors in Utah and some examples of charges associated with them:

  • Class C — Disorderly conduct, traffic violations, public intoxication
  • Class B — Domestic violence assault, possession of marijuana, reckless driving
  • Class A — Assaulting a police officer, DUI with injury, theft of $500 – 1,000 worth of property

A felony is a much more significant crime, which carries more serious punishment and legal ramifications. The penalties for a felony conviction in Utah can include serving time in a Utah state prison, and fines. If you have been convicted of a felony you are prohibited from owning firearms, receiving government aid and you must disclose your conviction to prospective employers.

Under Utah criminal classifications, the following is a list of the classifications of felonies and some examples of each class:

  • 3rd degree felony — Aggravated assault, forgery or theft  of $1,000 to $5,000
  • 2nd degree felony — Auto theft, burglary of a home, sexual assault
  • 1st degree felony — Child sexual abuse, rape, homicide

Being charged with a crime can be a frightening and confusing time for you and your family. Knowing the full effect of your charges, possible outcomes and your legal rights is imperative to understanding your case. Felonies are far more difficult, and in some cases impossible, to expunge from your record.

Call a Salt Lake City criminal defense firm that cares

At Smart, Schofield, Shorter, we take the time to make sure you are fully involved in the legal process, starting with helping you understand your charges. Let our experienced defenders help you. Call 801-747-0647 now or contact us online.

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