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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

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.

You Are Not Alone

Fighting for Your 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.

    Our Settlements & Verdicts

    Our top priority is to devise customized legal strategies that are tailored to the unique legal needs of our clients, no matter how simple or complicated their situations, might be.

    • Dismissed After 36 Months Aggravated Assault
    • Reduced to Misdemeanor Aggravated Assault
    • Reduced to Attempted, No DV Aggravated Assault & DV In the Presence of a Child
    • Not Guilty Aggravated Kidnapping
    • Not Guilty Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor

    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.

      “Shes ready to battle for innocent men or woman!”
      I am a client of Cleveland Law Firm and i highly recommend them to anyone with a criminal case! We already had a charge dismissed with prejudice and working to get the others the same! Shes got the best exsperts in the state to help with any case! Shes ready to battle for innocent men or woman! Very professional and knows what she is doing! Highly recommend!!
      - Matthew R.
      “If you want the best, you want Cleveland law firm.”
      “I felt the world would turn against my son. She reminded me I was taller with her behind me.”
      - Heather H.
      “I would absolutely recommend Catherine to anyone in need of criminal defense.”
      “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
      “I highly recommend Cleveland Law Firm”
      “Catherine Cleveland works hard, is organized, and well prepared. I highly recommend Cleveland Law Firm to anyone who is need of a highly competent attorney.”
      - Marilee C.
      “Helped me get a first degree felony reduced to a misdemeanor.”
      “Great Attorney, she and her legal team fought for me and helped me get a first degree felony reduced to a misdemeanor. My friend had a rape charge dismissed. I would highly recommend her.”
      - Former Client
      “She does her homework and defends her clients aggressively.”
      “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
      “Ms. Cleveland is a fighter and gets the job done!”
      “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 Attorney”
      “Great Attorney, she and her legal team fought for me and helped me get a first degree felony reduced to a misdemeanor. My friend had a rape charge dismissed. I would highly recommend her.”
      - Former Client

    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
    • Expertise - Best Criminal Defense 2020
    • The National Trial Lawyers
    • Defending Liberty
    • Avvo 10.0 Rating
    • BBB A+ Rating

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