At my law firm -- Catherine Cleveland, P.C. -- many clients come to me accused of violent crimes. In some cases, self-defense was an issue in response to a perceived threat of injury. Even if police officers and prosecutors do not believe you, options exist in pursuing that type of defense.
Self-defense is justifiable if you believe that danger and subsequent injury are imminent. Defending someone being attacked could also apply to Utah state law. If another party poses a threat of injury or death, you can use reasonable force to protect yourself or another victim of violence.
If law enforcement believes that you provoked an attack or initiated a violent act, you will be charged with a crime of serious or deadly violence.
As your criminal defense lawyer, I face the challenges on your behalf when defending yourself or a loved one has led you to legal trouble. I get to the facts of the incident that resulted in an arrest. I review police reports and collect witness statements. From there, I fight for the best resolution in plea bargaining with prosecutors or criminal trial litigation before a judge.
Contact a Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Attorney
To talk with me about the criminal penalties you face following an arrest for a violent crime where self-defense was a factor, call my Salt Lake City law office for a free initial consultation. I am available by phone at 801-783-3488 or toll free at 877-753-1247. You can also contact me online. Reasonable payment plans are available.