Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Attorney
Fighting for Your Future More Than 20 Years of Experience

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Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer

Defending Clients' Rights & Protecting Their Futures for Over 20 Years

Arrested in Utah? Don’t face this frightening experience alone. Some people try to forget the whole thing and ignore their charge until it goes away. But that is not a luxury you can afford. A criminal charge in Utah can be life-changing, as it can lead to a conviction, incarceration, fines, and shame. At the very least, you could face a criminal record, which means trouble renting an apartment or finding a job. It’s fair to say that even the best-case scenarios are still harmful and could damage your livelihood and happiness. As such, you need my legal advocacy in your corner.

When you need a criminal lawyer in Salt Lake City, call Catherine Cleveland Attorney at Law. I take your criminal case seriously as if it were my own liberties on the line.

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Skilled Legal Counsel

If you’re seeking powerful, competent and aggressive representation, then you’ve come to the right place. I, Attorney Catherine Cleveland, understand the criminal justice system extensively and know what it takes to fight aggressively and successfully in court. Why? Because I not only work with a quality team of lawyers, but I served as a former judge pro tem, so I can leverage my knowledge of multiple sides of the law when defending your case.

What Does A Criminal Defense Attorney Do?

A criminal defense attorney is a lawyer who specializes in defending individuals and organizations that have been charged with criminal conduct. Their primary role is to advocate for their clients and protect their rights throughout the criminal justice process. Here are some key responsibilities of a criminal defense attorney:

  • Legal Representation: A defense attorney represents their client in court proceedings, including arraignments, hearings, trials, and appeals. They advocate for their client's innocence or negotiate plea deals if necessary.
  • Case Evaluation: Attorneys review the facts of the case, investigate the evidence, and assess the strength of the prosecution's case against their client. They use this information to develop a defense strategy.
  • Legal Advice: Defense attorneys provide legal advice to their clients, explaining the charges against them, their legal rights, and the potential consequences of different courses of action.
  • Evidence Gathering: Attorneys gather evidence to support their client's defense. This may involve interviewing witnesses, analyzing forensic evidence, or hiring experts to testify on behalf of the defense.
  • Negotiation: Attorneys negotiate with prosecutors to reach plea bargains or other favorable outcomes for their clients. They may also negotiate with judges for reduced bail or sentencing.
  • Court Representation: Defense attorneys represent their clients in court, presenting arguments, examining witnesses, and cross-examining the prosecution's witnesses.
  • Legal Research and Writing: Attorneys conduct legal research to understand relevant laws and precedents that apply to their client's case. They also prepare legal documents, such as motions and briefs, to be filed with the court.
  • Client Counseling: Attorneys counsel their clients on how to conduct themselves during court proceedings and advise them on the potential outcomes of their case.

Overall, a criminal defense attorney's role is to ensure that their client's rights are protected and to provide them with the best possible defense in the face of criminal charges.

  • Aggravated Assault Reduced to Misdemeanor
  • Aggravated Kidnapping Not Guilty
  • Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor Not Guilty
  • DUI Dismissed
  • Felony Marijuana Possession Reduced to Attempted, No Jail Time
  • Rape Dismissed
  • Retail Theft Not Guilty
  • Unlawful Possession of a Dangerous Weapon Dismissed

You Are Not Alone

Fighting for You Every Step of the Way
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    Catherine R. Cleveland

    Founding Attorney

    As a Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney my primary focus is to protect the rights of each client and to look out for their best interests. I have successfully represented people of all ages and walks of life.
    • Expertise - Best Criminal Defense 2020
    • The National Trial Lawyers
    • Defending Liberty

Aggressive Defense & Compassionate Advocacy

Before we can get started on your criminal case, it is critical to take action after your arrest by contacting my Salt Lake City criminal defense firm. Learn how I can fight to protect your freedom and good name by calling (801) 448-0683 to schedule your free phone consultation! 30-minute video consultations with a Salt Lake City criminal lawyer are also available at no cost.

Why I'm the Right Attorney for You

  • Former Judge Pro Tem
  • Highly Respected in the Legal Community
  • Work Directly With Me From Beginning to End
  • Aggressive, Hands-On Approach to Each Case

Clients Are My Priority

Read Their Stories
  • “Catherine provided an excellent service both to me and to the community at large, in that she protected a good and necessary law from being cheapened and abused by a vengeful accuser.”

    - Former Client
  • “She does her homework and defends her clients aggressively. She keeps the client informed and is able to negotiate effectively with the Prosecutor.”

    - Former Client
  • “From our very first phone call, Ms. Cleveland embraced our concerns and gave excellent council. She made herself available whenever we needed her and she answered phone calls at all hours.”

    - Former Client
  • “Great Lawyer! From the beginning of my case up until now, she has been there for me every step of the way. She has always been able to answer all of my questions and put my nerves at ease through this very stressful time for me and my family.”

    - Former Client
  • “Catherine took her time, did extensive research and got me the best deal known! We all were excited when she told me what plea the D.A. offered after she talked him down. Catherine is very professional, kind hearted yet aggressive when need be. She truly i”

    - Former Client