When To Hire A Criminal Justice Attorney

There are many reasons to hire a Criminal Justice Attorney. The most obvious reason is that no one wants to endure more punishment than necessary.  So, why do so many people put off finding an attorney? Without proper legal representation, many defendants often pay for unnecessary charges throughout their lives.  Most important, remember that a charge does not automatically equal a conviction. It is essential to hire a lawyer that understands your case and can fully represent you.  Here are a few areas of Criminal Law cases that most often require legal representation:

1. DUI Charges

After being arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge, life can become very confusing and extremely difficult.  Panic can take over those accused and logistics can be unclear as your memory fades. Utah DUI penalties are among the most strict in the country.  The lowest first-time offense convictions can include fines, license suspensions, court-mandated DUI education programs, community service, alcohol/drug screenings and even jail time. Criminal Defense Attorneys are trained in different strategies to dismiss/reduce charges or possibly achieve expungement. Most importantly, a criminal defense attorney should be hired immediately. In doing so, it could possibly prevent any unwarranted convictions.

2.  Drug Crimes

In Utah, the number of drug offenders encountered by the police has increased dramatically since 2013.  Most of these incidents have related to amphetamines and heroin. For anyone facing charges for a drug offense, the penalties for a guilty conviction can be serious. These convictions can include penalties such as; jail time, court-mandated programs, and substantial fines.  The criminal charges and consequences will vary by the severity of the crime. Drug charges can often be a misdemeanor, while others can become a felony. There are many contributing factors that determine a criminal charge including; the quantity of the substance in your possession at the time of discovery, the classification of the drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, and the number of previous offenses. Moreover, hiring a quality defense team from the beginning can mean all the difference when protecting your future.

3.  Domestic Violence

Due to Utah’s strict domestic violence laws, you could face serious penalties if convicted.  These penalties can include jail time, court-mandated treatment and evaluation, expensive fines and up to 36 months of probation.  In addition to these penalties, a domestic violence conviction can appear on your record and have devastating effects on your future. Some of these effects can possibly keep you from purchasing a home, getting a job, or restricting your rights to own a firearm or weapon. Hiring a criminal defense team can help you deliver an effective strategy for your defense. In addition, you can often achieve a dismissal of charges or a reduced conviction to minimize the negative effects on your life.

Act Now And Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Don’t make the mistake of waiting to hire a defense attorney. They are there to help you and to serve you in any way that they can. Because of their specialized training they can give you the support, care, and compassion you need during a difficult time. They can prevent unnecessary charges and will also help you to understand current charges in order to help you to move forward.

The law firm of Larsen, Larsen & Nash understands how important your life is to you and that’s why our staff works tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome.  If you have any questions or if you are in need of a Criminal Justice Attorney, give us a call today at (801) 964-1200 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.