Utah Assault Lawyer: Representing People Who Have Been Accused of Crimes
Violent crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies. When weapons are involved, crimes that would otherwise be charged as misdemeanors become felonies. The stakes are high, so it is critical to work with an experienced lawyer who can advocate forcefully for you.
I am Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney Catherine Cleveland, and I have been representing people accused of crimes for more than 10 years. Working in Utah State and Federal Courts, I forcefully protect my clients' records, rights and freedoms.
The cases I handle often involve violent crimes, such as assault with a deadly weapon. Under Utah law, the definition of "deadly weapon" is not limited to guns and knives. Deadly weapons can be anything from household tools to broken beer bottles.
Knowing What to Expect When You've Been Accused
If you have been accused of a violent crime, it can be difficult to know what to expect. I will guide you through the system. When you go to court, you will most likely appear in front of a judge. This is often an intimidating experience for people. I make things easier for you by doing most of the talking for you, but the judge may ask you a few questions.
It can be difficult to predict the exact outcome of your case. As an experienced lawyer, I can tell you how your case compares to others like it. However, each case is unique and the results vary depending on the facts and the laws involved. A judge may consider several things when deciding your case:
- Harm to the victim
- Type of crime (misdemeanor or felony)
- Type of weapon involved
- Whether necessity or self defense was a factor
Often, my clients are surprised to discover that the facts offer defenses to assault with a deadly weapon charges. For example, people who act out of necessity — defending themselves or the people they love — can be found not guilty of a crime. You may have more options than you think.
Salt Lake City Assault With a Deadly Weapon Lawyer
To talk with a lawyer about your situation, call my Salt Lake City law office for a free initial consultation with a lawyer. I am available by phone at 801-783-3488 or toll free at 877-753-1247. You can also contact me online.