Salt Lake City Violent Crimes Defense Attorney
Championing Clients’ Freedom & Legal Rights Since 2006. Call Me Today!
Sometimes arguments escalate and fights break out. Situations that could have been resolved differently may end in an arrest, leaving people wondering what happened and worrying about the future. Not all violent crimes are committed intentionally or maliciously, and my job is to prove that.
If you have been arrested for a violent crime, it is okay to worry. But you should also take action and contact me, Salt Lake City violent crimes attorney Catherine Cleveland to best prevent serving time behind bars. At my law firm, I represent people who have been accused of non-death penalty violent crimes and offer free phone consultations to discuss the situation.
Defending Violent Crimes & Fighting Penalties
No matter how complex your accusation may seem, my team of lawyers and I can diligently examine the details of your case to strategize a hard-hitting defense on your behalf. I defend clients against a range of charges in Utah state and federal courts, including:
- Assault and battery
- Domestic assault
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Attempted murder
- Weapon violations/gun charges
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated assault
- Restraining order
- Unlawful discharge of a firearm
Violent crimes come with harsh penalties, as they are some of the most serious offenses a person can be accused of. Thus, the state does everything in its power to make you suffer the maximum penalties to teach you a lesson. At Catherine Cleveland Attorney at Law, I believe there are alternatives to severe consequences. As such, I will fight to reduce or dismiss your charges, as well as obtain rehabilitative and community programs instead of prison and fines.
- First-degree felony: Five years to life in prison and up to $10,000 fines
- Second-degree felony: One to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 fines
- Third-degree felony: Up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 fines
- Class A misdemeanor: Up to 364 days in jail and up to $2,500 fines
- Class B misdemeanor: Up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 or compensatory service
- Class C misdemeanor: Up to 90 days in jail and up to $750 in fines or compensatory service
Penalties for violent crimes also may include restitution, which is money paid to the victim to compensate him or her for the damage that was experienced. Additionally, alleged victims of violent crimes sometimes file civil lawsuits to recover compensation for their medical bills and pain and suffering.
What Happens from Here?
Many people have never been in trouble with the law before being arrested for a violent crime. Often, people face allegations of violence after a fight escalates or are involved in a bar fight that suddenly broke out. But they have never gone to court before and don’t usually know what to expect.
Thankfully, I have a 15+ year-long track record for successfully protecting the rights of those accused of violent crimes in Salt Lake City. I can help you feel confident and hopeful in your case by pursuing your best interests, guiding you through the legal system, and helping you understand what will happen before, during and after your court hearing. I can also help you understand what penalties you may face, such as restraining or protective orders, jail time or probation as well as anger management classes.
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