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South Jordan, UT Criminal Defense

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Michael K. Jones,
Attorney at Law

As an experienced criminal defense attorney in South Jordan, Utah, Michael Jones understands how intimidating and complex the criminal justice system can seem.  Michael will take the time necessary to explain all of the steps taken in your case in clear, simple terms, and all possible outcomes to help set your mind at ease. You do not have to, and should not, go at your criminal case alone. Whether you have received a Misdemeanor, DUI, or a more serious felony, Michael is prepared to do whatever it takes to get you the best possible conclusion in your case.

Our Criminal Defense Services Include:

  • Felonies
  • Drug offenses
  • DUI
  • Traffic offenses
  • Misdemeanors
  • Assault / violent crime

Criminal Defense 101

Your previous run-ins with the law may only include a few speeding tickets. We are all surrounded with media images of crime, yet many of us never envision a scenario where we could be charged with an unlawful act. But what happens if you are accused of a crime, arrested, and find yourself facing a criminal charge?

This occurs more often than you may realize. In 2014 (the most recent year for which statistics are available), there were 117,050 arrests reported in Utah.[1]

If you have been accused of a crime, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the State of Utah each guarantee a series of important protections for individuals accused of committing crimes.

As United States District Court Judge Dale A. Kimball eloquently expressed in 2012, “A person is entitled to a precise and accurate charge. A person is entitled to counsel. A person is entitled to due process. Lawyers and judges are responsible to see that these rights are preserved and protected, that they are meaningful when life and liberty are at stake.[2]

Judge Kimball also noted that in an article published on May 2, 2011 in the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham (then Chief Justice Durham) noted the various protections and rights that the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution affords the accused:

“1. The right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury;

2.   The right to be informed of the nature and the cause of the accusation;

3.   The right to be confronted by the witnesses against him;

4.   The right to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses; and

5.   The right to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.”

The right to the assistance of counsel can be critical to the outcome of any criminal charge.  Criminal defense lawyers have a duty to represent their clients zealously and to raise every argument that might be helpful to their clients. Even if the case never goes to trial or the charges are ultimately dismissed, an experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to help mitigate the emotional and financial costs of an arrest and criminal charge. If the client wishes to dispute the charges, a criminal defense attorney prepares (and presents to the court) a strategic argument that attempts to challenge the validity and sufficiency of the prosecution’s evidence.

You should immediately consult a criminal defense attorney any time that you are accused of:

 

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes cover crimes of possession, manufacture, use, and distribution.

 

Drunk Driving / DUI / DWI

Many first introductions to the criminal law system occur because of drunk driving, DUI, or DWI. Penalties for DUI and DWI can be severe under Utah drunk driving laws.

In Utah, there are an average of 908 DUI arrests each month.[3] In Utah’s fiscal year 2014 (ending on June 30), there were nearly 11,000 DUI arrests.[4]

  • In fiscal year 2014, there were 8,360 DUI cases in Utah’s Justice Courts. Among the cases resolved, 57% resulted in a guilty plea or verdict.
  • In fiscal year 2014, there were 2,104 DUI cases disposed by the state’s District Courts. Among the cases resolved, almost 72% resulted in a guilty plea or verdict. [5]

A first-time arrest for misdemeanor DUI could cost a bundle even if the case does not go to a trial (think costs of bail, vehicle impound and towing fees, fines, court fees, skyrocketing car insurance rates for a decade, cancelled insurance, hours of time consumed, lost wages, and more). Your driver’s license is at risk. A guilty verdict or plea could result in a significant fine, plus jail time or community service, with probation to follow.  DUI offenders could face paying for alcohol screening, an ignition interlock device, costs of probation, and costs of court-ordered classes. In addition, there is the financial hardship that comes with a suspended license and being unable to drive. An experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to help mitigate the emotional and financial costs of a DUI.

 

Felonies

Felony lawyers deal with the most serious crimes committable under criminal law. Murder, rape, drug trafficking, child abuse, burglary, gun possession, money laundering, and child pornography all fall under the “felony” heading.

 

Misdemeanors

Petty theft, prostitution, and vandalism are all examples of misdemeanor crimes.

 

Speeding and Moving Violations

The majority of speeding and moving violations are not criminal offenses, but there are exceptions. If you are caught driving without a license or charged with reckless driving, you have probably committed a criminal offense or misdemeanor. In these cases, you will need a competent criminal lawyer to assist you.

 

White Collar Crimes

White Color crimes are a category of non-violent crimes that are usually committed in a business or commercial environment. This includes embezzlement, credit card fraud, and insider trading.

[1] 2014 Crime in Utah Report – Utah Department of Public Safety; Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification.

[2] Judge Dale A. Kimball, The Importance of Lawyers and Judges in American Life, Utah Bar Journal Volume 25, No. 2. 20 (March/April 2012).

 

[3] 2014 – Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice – Twelfth Annual DUI Report to the Utah Legislature.

[4] See footnote 3.

[5] See footnote 3.

 

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