Utah Criminal Lawyers Salt Lake City
Have you been arrested or charged with a crime? If so, you need to get accurate legal advice from the minute you are considered a suspect until the matter is resolved. The best way to protect your Constitutional rights is to know what they are, and be familiar with the best way to respond to requests and questions from law enforcement officials.
At Haskins James Law in Salt Lake City, Utah, our criminal defense attorneys have years of legal experience representing clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges related to:
• Drug Possession
• Drug Manufacturing
• Drug Distribution
We Defend All Clients
Our family-owned law firm was established in 1979, and since then we have represented clients charged with all types of crimes ranging from traffic violations to serious felonies.
If you need a strong criminal defense against a misdemeanor or felony charge, we can make a difference. When you contact our Utah criminal defense attorneys for a free initial consultation, we will listen carefully to find out all of the facts. We will work with you and explain all of the possible outcomes – reduction of charges, dismissal, requesting probation, or asking for leniency from the judge. If the prosecutor will not dismiss the case or reduce the charges and a trial is in your best interests, we will have already done much of the groundwork for a successful trial effort.
For honest, effective, and non-judgmental legal advice regarding your case our criminal defense attorneys at Haskins James Law will mount a defense on your behalf. Contact our Salt Lake City office and speak to our Criminal Defense attorneys today at (801) 539-0234
Criminal Defense FAQ
Q: What is a capital offense? A: A crime for which the death penalty may be imposed.
Q: What is a federal crime? A: A criminal offense under a federal statute. Unlike the state system, there is no parole in the federal system. A sentence is determined using the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Q: What is probation A: Probation is occurs when a person receives a suspended sentence. The person is permitted to stay in the community rather than serving time in prison, as long as he or she complies with certain conditions, such as regularly reporting to a probation officer, refraining from alcohol and drugs and not committing further crimes. If the person violates any of the conditions of probation, he/she can be ordered to serve the suspended sentence.
Q: What is parole? A: Parole is the supervised release of a person before the expiration of a prison sentence. There are usually conditions attached to parole which vary depending upon the underlying crime and the individual. If the terms and conditions of parole are violated the person can be returned to prison to serve the remainder of the sentence. There is no parole in federal system.
Q: What is hate crime? A: A crime motivated by the victim’s race, color, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.
Q: What is white collar crime? A: A nonviolent financial crime usually involving cheating or dishonesty in business or commercial matters such as fraud and tax evasion. Q: What is the Miranda Warning? You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney present during questioning. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand these rights?
A: A Miranda warning must be given by police to criminal suspects in custody, before they are questioned/ interrogated. A custodial situation is one in which the suspect’s freedom of movement is restrained (judged by the “free to leave” test), even if he is not under arrest. An elicited incriminating statement by a suspect will not constitute admissible evidence unless the suspect was informed of his/her Miranda rights” and made a knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver of those rights. However, a 2004 Supreme Court ruling upheld state “stop-and-identify” laws, allowing police to require biographical information such as name, date of birth, and address, without arresting suspects or providing them Miranda warnings.
Q: Is it a good idea to speak with police? A: It is the difficult job of a police officer to try to solve crimes. It is not their job to consider the best interests of a suspect which may or may not be served by speaking with he police. Therefore, in the majority of cases, it is always best to speak to a lawyer before speaking with the police if you are suspect, believe you have violated the law, or, have been arrested.
Q: What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? A: Generally, a felony is a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death. A misdemeanor is less serious than a felony and is usually punishable by a sentence of less than a year. Also, an individual can lost some rights when convicted of a felony such as the right to vote which they do not lose if convicted of a misdemeanor.