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Criminal Defense

If you have been accused of a crime, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. From Utah to western Wyoming, criminal defense attorneys at Anderson & Rogers will work with you one-on-one to make sure your rights are being preserved.

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Our Utah criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience dealing with a number felony and misdemeanor cases that include:

DRUG POSSESSION AND/OR DISTRIBUTION

Federal and state laws in both Utah and Wyoming make it a crime to knowingly possess controlled substances such as cocaine, “club drugs,” heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, and LSD. Mr. Anderson (himself a former prosecutor for the State of Utah) understands the common mistakes police officers make during drug searches and seizures, and will fight aggressively to make sure your rights are defended.

Types of Possession

While the specifics of drug possession law vary from state to state, drug possession falls into one of two categories. Simple possession involves possession of small amounts of a controlled substance, while possession with the intent to distribute involves larger quantities—and carries stiffer penalties upon conviction. If you are guilty of possession, or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, a Utah criminal defense lawyer will argue your case, and get you the best possible result.

Drug Paraphernalia in Possession Crimes

You may still be charged for possession—even if no drugs are found at the scene. Law enforcement officials and prosecutors may include drug paraphernalia as evidence in a drug possession case. Syringes, crack pipes, digital scales, and even large amounts of cash can all be used to build a case against you. If you feel the evidence brought against you is unfair, call a Utah criminal defense attorney from Anderson & Rogers.

Drug Paraphernalia in Possession Crimes

Currently, the State of Utah does not allow any exemption for the medical use of marijuana. It is also a crime to casually exchange (with no payment) up to one-half an ounce of marijuana. Severity of punishment will vary depending on how much marijuana is found in your possession. These punishments can include community service, hefty fines, and even jail time.

DUI/DWI

If you are facing drunk driving charges, working with a Utah criminal defense attorney will prevent you from losing privileges and receiving further punishments. Many Utah drivers don’t realize that once they’ve been charged with drunk driving, they have only 10 days to request a special administrative license hearing—failure to request and attend this hearing will result in the automatic loss of all driving privileges.

The state of Utah also prevents DUI offenders from obtaining a limited permit, making necessary transportation for work and other responsibilities nearly impossible. A Utah criminal defense attorney from Anderson & Rogers will act quickly to make sure you keep your privileges.

Punishment Enhancers

In addition to fines and license suspensions, a judge can also affix punishment enhancers to your DUI sentence. The penalties can range anywhere from additional fines to jail time, and the punishment enhancers can be triggered by a number of factors:

  1. The state where you received the citation
  2. Whether a child was in the car at the time of the citation
  3. A blood-alcohol reading of .20 or more
  4. Speeding
  5. Refusing to take a drug test
  6. Causing an accident, injury, or damage to property

The Utah criminal defense attorneys at Anderson & Rogers understand the common mistakes police officers make during stops, seizures, arrests, and charges. We will fight to make sure you are not being charged unfairly.

ASSAULT AND BATTERY/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Many factors can influence the severity of an assault charge; seriousness of injury, whether a weapon was used, and other facts surrounding an assault case could mean the different between a misdemeanor and a felony charge. Being charged with a felony can mean serious jail time, and can damage your personal and professional reputation indefinitely.

Unfortunately, even innocent people acting out of self-defense can be charged with a felony. A skilled and experienced Utah criminal defense attorney from Anderson & Rogers can build a strong defense against insufficient fact checking, unreliable or questionable witness statements, and inaccurate law enforcement reports.

Domestic Violence

Here at Anderson & Rogers, we understand that cases involving domestic violence are often accompanied by tense emotions. The Court tends to take domestic violence claims such as child abuse and violation of protective orders very seriously, even if there are no witnesses or hard evidence. If you feel you have been accused unfairly, our Utah criminal defense attorneys will work on your case and seek the best outcome possible.

BURGLARY

The components of a burglary charge will vary from state to state; in general, however, a burglary is defined as the unlawful entry into a building or occupied structure with the intent to commit a crime (usually theft, but any crime will satisfy the charge). Burglary is different from robbery, as robbery is characterized by the use of force or fear to obtain another person’s property.

Sometimes, a burglary charge is simply the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Our Utah criminal defense attorneys at Anderson & Rogers have years of experience dealing with burglary cases. We will examine the facts of your case and mount the best defense possible.

SEX CRIMES

Being accused of a sexual-based offense, whether or not you are convicted, can have a damaging effect on your personal and professional relationships. A person can be accused of a variety of sex crimes:

  1. Rape or Statutory Rape
  2. Sexual Abuse of a Minor
  3. Internet Sex Crimes
  4. Child Pornography
  5. Prostitution and Solicitation

If you are convicted of a sex crime, your damaged reputation may be accompanied by jail time, court-mandated treatment programs, and the requirement to register as a sex offender. The best thing to do in a situation like this is to hire an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney to represent you.

At Anderson & Rogers, we understand the complex nature that many sex crime cases present. Cases involving alcohol use, statutory age restrictions, and heresy (meaning there were no witnesses other than the parties directly involved) require a skilled Utah criminal defense attorney to analyze the facts and keep you from facing unnecessary charges.

JUVENILE CRIMES

Children who have been accused of misdemeanors or serious crimes are at risk for being sent through the Criminal Justice System. This can be potentially dangerous for minors, as a criminal record can create problems getting a job or being accepted into a university. Children facing criminal prosecutors and police officers could also be intimidated into admitting fault for additional offenses.

The Juvenile Justice System

Unlike the Criminal Justice System, whose job is to affix a punishment for crimes committed, the Juvenile Justice System is designed with rehabilitation in mind. Once a juvenile has been taken into custody, law enforcement officials are required to notify the parents/guardians. When the juvenile has been released from custody, the case may be taken to Juvenile Court, where a prosecutor or probation officer can decide to dismiss the case, handle matters in an informal proceeding, or file formal charges.

A Utah criminal defense attorney from Anderson & Rogers will work with parent/guardians, children, and the court system to help reeducate and rehabilitate minor offenders. We will fight to protect the futures of our minor clients, and keep them from being tried more severely than necessary.

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