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Salt Lake City Lawyers Represent You in Assault and Violent Crime Cases

Attorneys who protect you against an assault on your rights

In some cases, an assault or violent crime conviction in Utah can result in a loss of your rights. At Smart, Schofield, Shorter, our experienced team of criminal defense attorneys defends your rights in court.

Assault is a serious crime and can have lasting effects on your future. Assault charges can also result in substantial jail time and even prison time if the assault is serious. Under Utah law, the use of force is justified in some circumstances if it is done in self-defense, defense of your property, or defense of your home. It is extremely important to have an experienced attorney represent you in an assault case to avoid the long-lasting collateral consequences to your life. We at Smart, Schofield, Shorter will make sure you get the best defense for simple assaults all the way up to serious aggravated assaults.

Violent Crime in Utah

In 2012, Utah had the sixth lowest rate in the country for violent crime offenses. The number was up 4 percent from 2011. FBI data showed a total of 5,900 violent crimes occurring in the state in 2012. Salt Lake City had the most murders of any city in the state.

Violent crimes are defined as those involving the use or threat of force. They include assault, aggravated assault, battery, domestic violence, reckless endangerment, murder, homicide, child abuse and neglect, and manslaughter. Domestic violence includes sexual abuse, assault, child abuse, harassment and battery to someone living in your home. Domestic violence charges extend further than other violent crimes and can restrict gun ownership and affect custody arrangements.

Degrees of assault

Assault is measured in degrees according to the threat of or use of force and whether or not anyone was injured. Most domestic violence incidents, bar fights and fights at sporting events are third-degree felonies. These are assaults with a dangerous weapon or other means or force likely to end in death or serious injury. If the victim is injured, then the charge is upgraded to second-degree assault. First-degree assault is meditated and intentional assault. In Utah, aggravated assault charges cannot be expunged from your record, so it’s important to have an attorney who is experienced at pleading down these charges. A violent crime defense attorney knows ways to get charges lessened and can explain every aspect of the law and the charges to you.

Assault Crimes we defend:

  • Assault, Utah Code 76-5-102
  • Assault against school employees, Utah Code 76-5-102.3
  • Assault against a peace officer or a military service member in uniform/Penalty, Utah Code 76-5-102.4
  • Assault by a prisoner, Utah Code 76-5-102.5
  • Propelling a substance or object at a correction or peace officer, Utah Code 76-5-106.6
  • Assault against healthcare provider and emergency medical service worker, Utah Code 76-5-102.7
  • Disarming a peace officer, Utah Code 76-5-102.8
  • Aggravated Assaults, Utah Code 76-5-103
  • Aggravated Assault by prisoner, Utah Code 76-5-103.5

If you have been charged with any of these criminal offenses, call Smart, Schofield, Shorter & Lunceford today to get the best legal defense possible.

Get a Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney who includes you in the process

At Smart, Schofield, Shorter, we take the time to ensure you understand the charges against you, the legal process and the defense strategy. Call 801-747-0647 today for a consultation about your case. We may also contact us online.

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