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Midvale Criminal Defense Lawyers

A 40-Year History of Fighting for Our Clients’ Rights & Freedom

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 to be familiar with the best way to respond to requests and questions from law enforcement officials.

At Haskins James, our Midvale criminal defense attorneys have decades of legal experience representing clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges related to:

  • DUICriminal getting arrested
  • Assault
  • Murder
  • Theft
  • Drug Possession
  • Embezzlement
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Distribution
  • Burglary

Call (801) 850-0155 for honest, effective, and non-judgmental legal advice regarding your case. We’ve served Salt Lake County and the surrounding areas since 1972.

Opt for a Private Law Firm Instead of a Public Defender

Public defenders provide legal advice and effective representation to individuals charged with various crimes who can’t afford the services of a private attorney. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t try to pinch pennies when you face serious jail time. Even though public defenders might be hardworking and enthusiastic, they might not have the time to analyze every single detail of your case, considering that most of them are usually involved in more than 200 cases.

A private law firm can offer you the attention that you need and personalized legal advice, potentially helping you obtain reduced penalties for your crime.

We Can Explain Your Rights & Options

When you are charged with a crime and you fear that your life could take an unexpected turn, it is essential to contact a Midvale criminal defense attorney who won’t hesitate to talk to you about your options, the logical course of action, and your real chances of winning the case in plain English, without confusing you with legal terms that you might fail to understand. A competent lawyer will also spell out some of the most useful support services that you should count on in order to make a compelling case in court, like hiring a private investigator or consulting a psychologist.

Be Wary of Misleading Attorney Rates

By conducting a simple online search, you will most likely stumble across numerous attorneys proclaiming themselves “invincible.” Any individual charged with a certain crime who is currently seeking excellent legal representation should know that there is no such thing as a national program listing the win/loss rate of all lawyers operating in the U.S. In this context, one must select the ideal criminal defense attorney based on the quality of their services, level of professionalism, background, past results, references, and accurate testimonials obtained from previous clients, rather than consulting online sources introducing attorney ranks that could be biased and deliberately misleading.

We Defend All Clients

For most people charged with different crimes, finding a qualified attorney is an important step that makes all the difference between freedom and significant jail time. How can one choose the most competent, experienced, and dedicated criminal defense lawyer? The most significant step would be to identify real professionals in this line of work for your case.

We welcome you to review the information on this website, or to call our office at any time at (801) 850-0155 to see how we can assist you. You can make your own decision about our worth and ability to protect your rights.

Criminal Defense FAQ

What is a capital offense?
A crime for which the death penalty may be imposed.

What is a federal crime?
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.

What is probation?
Probation occurs when a person receives a suspended sentence. The person is permitted to stay in the community rather than serving time in prison, if 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.

What is parole?
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.

What is hate crime?
A crime motivated by the victim’s race, color, ethnicity, religion, or national origin.

What is white collar crime?
A nonviolent financial crime usually involving misrepresentation or dishonesty in business or commercial matters, such as fraud and tax evasion.

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 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.

Is it a good idea to speak with police?
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 the police. Therefore, in most 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.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
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. An individual can lose some rights when convicted of a felony, such as the right to vote, which they do not lose if convicted of a misdemeanor.

Call Our Midvale Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you need a strong criminal defense against a misdemeanor or felony charge, we can make a difference. When you contact our Midvale criminal defense lawyers for a free initial consultation, we will listen carefully to find out all the facts. We will work with you and explain all 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.

Contact Haskins James today for your free case evaluation.

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    Mr. Haskins is quick and he really knows what he is doing.

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    You can tell he has a lot of experience which made my wife and I feel confident.

    A very efficient, knowledgeable and trustworthy attorney.

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