St. George Felony Defense Lawyer
Examples of Felonies in Utah
While all criminal charges are serious in St George, Utah, some carry harsher penalties than others. Felony offenses are typically those that are considered to be more severe by law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges. However, many people are surprised to learn what constitutes a felony offense. Forgery (including possessing counterfeit money) and using a financial card that belongs to someone else without permission are both criminal felonies in St. George, Utah. Theft of goods over $1,500 in value or with prior convictions is also prosecuted as a felony.
These are just some examples of felony offenses. If you or your loved one has been charged with a felony in the state of Utah, you should reach out to a criminal defense attorney right away. As your St. George felony attorney, I am prepared to aggressively fight to protect your rights. I have over 33 years of criminal defense experience and have handled more than 100 jury trials; I can put my extensive legal defense knowledge and skill to work for you. With every case I take on, I work to provide compassionate and personalized legal criminal defense representation tailored to your unique legal needs.
When Should You Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney?
Do not hesitate! If you find yourself facing criminal charges that could result in doing jail time, is when you should hire a criminal defense lawyer. Despite the rate being an issue, hiring a felony defense attorney first can actually help you with payment in the long run.
My decades of criminal defense work includes jury trials for major felonies in state and federal courts, from one end of Utah to the other, and hundreds of criminal felony cases, including murder, attempted murder, arson, robbery, aggravated kidnapping, rape, child sexual abuse, aggravated assault, distribution of drugs, and I take these criminal defense cases to trial often enough that my clients benefit from the respect I have earned by taking cases to the box. And winning.
How Utah Felonies Are Classified
In the state of Utah, felonies are classified according to degree. Each class of felony carries its own set of consequences in St George, with penalties escalating in severity according to the severity of the charge. The higher the degree of felony, the harsher penalties you are likely to face.
In Utah, there are four classes of felonies:
- Third-Degree Felonies: The “least serious” (though all felony charges are very serious) degree of felony, third-degree felonies carry penalties that include fines up to $5,000 and up to 5 years in state prison. Theft over $1,500 and less than $5,000 in value is prosecuted as a third-degree felony.
- Second-Degree Felonies: In Utah, second-degree felonies are punishable by fines up to $10,000 and/or prison time ranging from 1 to 15 years. An example of a second-degree felony in Utah includes assault with a deadly weapon. A new sentencing scheme for some drug crimes reduces this.
- First-Degree Felonies: A conviction for a first-degree felony in Utah can lead to penalties including up to $10,000 in fines and anywhere from a low of 3 year to life, with some convictions carrying 5, 10, 15 or even a minimum of 25 years to life in prison, and some others carrying a mandatory life sentence, without possibility of parole. Rape and certain other sex crimes (among many other offenses) are typically charged as first-degree felonies.
- Capital Felonies: The most serious of felony charges, capital felonies which involve premeditated homicide, that included specific facts cited by statute carry the harshest penalties. In St George, Utah, a capital felony is punishable by 25 years to life imprisonment, life in prison without the possibility of parole, and death. Very few violent crimes, such as murder, are prosecuted as capital felonies, and Utah has very few prisoners on “death row.”
If you need a felony attorney in St. George, reach out to my firm as soon as possible. As a seasoned trial lawyer, I understand what is at stake and what you stand to lose. I am available 24/7 to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have regarding the legal process. As your attorney, I will work directly with you every step of the way.
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