Being charged with a crime does not make you a criminal. However, it does place you at risk of facing jail, prison, fines, and living the rest of your life with a criminal record – if you are convicted. Fortunately, you have the right to an attorney.
If you have been arrested or even informally accused of any type of criminal act, you need to act quickly to involve an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney who can protect your constitutional rights. You should invoke your Miranda rights—remain silent and demand legal counsel.
Focusing on Your Case & Fighting for Your Case
Pearson Butler defends the rights of clients across Utah who have been arrested, are under investigation by law enforcement or have been accused of criminal activity of any kind. Pearson Butler’s criminal attorney team is skilled at analyzing cases and determining the best strategy for a client. We understand precisely how to develop winning defense strategies even in the most challenging criminal cases and can help you in even the most difficult of circumstances.
As a full-service law firm with over 30 skilled attorneys, Pearson Butler takes a collaborative approach in creating a strategic case plan so that you benefit from a wide range of legal expertise, no matter how complex your case.
FAQs: Utah Criminal Defense
What should I do when there is a warrant for my arrest?
The most important thing to do when facing arrest is to keep a calm head – and then contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as you are able. While it can be traumatic to face arrest, you do have clear rights under the U.S. Constitution, and a warrant is only the first step in the complex criminal law process. If you learn about an impending arrest warrant, an attorney can help you look up the warrant, understand the scale of the alleged crimes, and determine whether you will need representation.
Will my case go to trial?
Not all criminal cases go to trial, even when they involve felony charges. In fact, the vast majority of verdicts are determined outside the courtroom to save all parties the time, hassle, and expense of a trial.
This is called “pretrial negotiation,” and most criminal defense attorneys will aim to secure a positive outcome during this stage of the process. If a verdict cannot be reached – or if the prosecutor does not provide a fair offer in your case – then it’s important to have a lawyer who is willing to see your case through until trial and advocate aggressively on your behalf.
Finding the Right Defense Strategy for Your Unique Situation
At Pearson Butler, we understand that no two criminal cases are the same. Each case requires meticulous preparation and a complete investigation into all available evidence, police reports, potential witnesses, expert testimony, and more.
Pearson Butler has the resources and the know-how to develop compelling defense strategies, even when the odds seem stacked against you.
Pearson Butler’s criminal defense lawyers understand how to utilize any advantage, such as:
- Search and seizure violations
- Miranda rights violations
- Acts made in defense of self or others
- Mishandled evidence
- Unreliable witnesses
To secure a conviction, you must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Even a single, seemingly small detail could turn an entire case in your favor. This is true in cases involving DUI/DWI, drug charges, juvenile crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence, or other misdemeanors or felonies.
Don’t risk your freedom; Pearson Butler understands how to help you in the most significant legal matters you may ever face. Pearson Butler also assists with expungements, for when you want to clear your criminal record.
To learn more about your rights and how Pearson Butler can assist you, call (800) 265-2314.