Based in Salt Lake City, Intermountain Legal provides vigorous criminal defense representation to clients in Salt Lake County and throughout Utah. Our attorneys possess the experience and legal skill to handle even the most serious felony cases, working tirelessly to ensure that our clients are given the best chance possible to defeat the charges brought against them.
Utah Felony Crimes
A felony is a major crime that can be punished with imprisonment and/or a fine. In Utah, there are four categories of felonies:
- Capital Offense - Aggravated murder is a capital offense punishable by life in prison, life in prison without parole, or death.
- First Degree Felony - Murder, rape, child kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery or arson, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance near a school are classified as first degree felonies punishable by five years to life in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Second Degree Felony - Manslaughter, robbery, residential burglary, kidnapping, perjury, auto theft, forgery of checks $5,000 or more, theft of property $5,000 or more, forcible sexual abuse, and intentional child abuse are classified as second degree felonies punishable by one to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
- Third Degree Felony - Burglary of non-dwelling, theft of more than $1,000 but less than $5,000, aggravated assault, forgery of checks more than $1,000 but under $5,000, third DUI in 10 years, joyriding (for more than 24 hours), possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of other controlled substances and false or forged prescriptions are classified as third degree felonies punishable by zero to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
Many defendants do not realize that while the Utah courts follow sentencing guidelines such as those described above, our State allows for significant judicial discretion when it comes to sentencing, and judges consider many different factors, such as criminal history and rehabilitation alternatives, to determine an appropriate sentence. As experienced Salt Lake criminal defense attorneys, we understand how to take advantage of this discretionary window, using effective defense strategies to obtain optimal results for our clients.
Seek Experienced, Intelligent Defense Representation
Given the serious potential consequences of being charged with a felony, our clients often come to us intimidated and frightened. At Intermountain Legal in Salt Lake City, our goal is to be your strongest advocate and ally, fully addressing your questions and concerns and always putting your best interests first. If you face felony charges in Utah, please contact Intermountain Legal for a free attorney consultation. Let us start working on your defense today.