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Best Criminal Defense
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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored criminal defense lawyers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best criminal defense lawyers in Salt Lake City, UT.

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    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

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  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Brass & Cordova

Brass & Cordova defends clients facing criminal charges in the Salt Lake City area and has over 45 years of combined experience. The team takes cases involving felony and misdemeanor charges such as homicide, sex crimes, white collar crimes, drug offenses, DUI, juvenile offenses, and internet crimes. Attorney Edward K. Brass has tried well over 200 jury trials over his 35-year career and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Salt Lake City, UT 84111


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Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat LLP

Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat LLP has been a Salt Lake City criminal defense practice since 1998. The group handles DUI and DWI, drug offenses, sex crimes, federal crimes, theft, juvenile law, white collar cases, violent crimes, and domestic violence. The firm has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, and its lawyers have been recognized by Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Attorneys, and Utah Business Magazine's "Utah's Legal Elite."

Salt Lake City, UT 84101


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Bugden & Isaacson, LLC

Bugden & Isaacson, LLC is a Salt Lake City criminal defense practice with over 30 years of legal experience. The office deals with sex offenses, drug charges, computer crimes, DUI, assault, white collar crimes, and high-profile cases. Attorney Walter F. Bugden, Jr. has handled over 220 jury trials and has been rated AV preeminent, and attorney Tara L. Isaacson has won 31 acquittals in jury trials. The firm has been named a Tier 1 firm in U.S. News & World Report's list of Best Law Firms.

Salt Lake City, UT 84111


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Catherine Cleveland, P.C.

Catherine Cleveland, P.C. has been defending clients in Salt Lake City against criminal charges for over 15 years. Clients hire the firm for defense against DUI/DWI, sex crimes, juvenile offenses, drug charges, federal offenses, probation violations, violent crimes, theft, white collar cases, and internet crimes. Attorney Catherine R. Cleveland is a former judge pro tempore, is a member of the UACDL, and has been named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer.

Salt Lake City, UT 84101


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Chris Wharton Law, LLC

Chris Wharton Law handles criminal defense cases in the Salt Lake City area. Clients hire the firm for DUI, assault, theft, drug charges, sex crimes, domestic violence, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and possession by a minor. Attorney Chris Wharton was recognized as one of the Utah Legal Elite in 2016 and is President of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Utah State Bar.

Salt Lake City, UT 84101


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Clayton Simms, LLC

Clayton Simms, LLC is a Salt Lake City criminal defense practice. Clients hire the firm for charges of sex crimes, drug offenses, child sex abuse, DUI, bank fraud, prescription fraud, internet crimes, and murder. Attorney Clayton Simms served as co-vice chair of the Utah State Bar Criminal Law Section, is a Fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and has been named a top criminal law attorney by Super Lawyers and Utah Business Magazine.

Salt Lake City, UT 84111


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CoilLaw, LLC

CoilLaw, LLC is a criminal defense law firm in Sandy. Practice areas of the office include traffic violations, DUI, drug possession and sales, domestic abuse, juvenile offenses, assault and battery, violent crimes, expungements, and underage drinking. CoilLaw also deals with all matters pertaining to family law including DCFS actions and domestic partnerships, and the practice gives back to the community via its CoilLaw, LLC Law Scholarship program.

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Greg Smith and Associates

Greg Smith and Associates has been a Murray criminal defense law practice for over 20 years. The firm is known for reasonable rates as well as payment plans and aggressive representation and deals with cases of DUI/DWI, white collar crime, violent crimes, drug charges, juvenile offenses, and federal charges. Attorney Gregory B. Smith has handled thousands of cases and has been seen in the media including twice on Good Morning America. Spanish-speaking clients are welcome.

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Hobbs & Olson | Carpenter Hazlewood

Hobbs & Olson | Carpenter Hazlewood is a Salt Lake City criminal defense practice with decades of experience. The practice handles sex crimes, securities fraud, theft, firearm offenses, white collar crimes, DUI, juvenile offenses, internet crimes, and violent crimes. Attorney Margaret H. Olson served as a prosecutor and has been interviewed on CBS News' 48 Hours. The full-service firm is a partnership between Hobbs & Olson and Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado and Bolen, PLC in Phoenix, Arizona.

Salt Lake City, UT 84111


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Intermountain Legal

Intermountain Legal handles criminal defense in Salt Lake City. Practice areas cover drug and alcohol related crimes including DUI, domestic violence, violent crimes, theft, sex crimes, and other felonies. Clients also hire Intermountain Legal for expungements and reducing criminal convictions. The team has represented thousands of clients in criminal cases and has been recognized in the American Institute of Legal Counsel's Top 10 Attorneys and Firms and The National Trial Lawyers' Top 40 Under 40.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106


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J. Peterson Law, PLLC

J. Peterson Law, PLLC is a Park City criminal defense law firm. Practice areas include DUI, drug crimes, robbery, murder, assault, pornography, firearm offenses, domestic violence, white collar crimes, and expungements. Attorney Jessica W. Peterson s a member of the Utah Bar Association and the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Ms. Peterson also worked as a staff attorney with the D.C. Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission and as a policy advisor to the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill.

Park City, UT 84060


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Langford Law

Langford Law defends clients in Salt Lake City against criminal charges. The firm handles cases involving mortgage fraud, money laundering, Ponzi schemes, racketeering, homicide, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. Attorney Michael J. Langford attended the Stetson University White Collar Criminal Defense and the National Criminal Defense College after law school, is a member of NACDL and NORML, and is a board member of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center and the Salt Lake County Children’s Justice Center.

Salt Lake City, UT 84111


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Overson & Sheen

Overson & Sheen is a legal practice in Salt Lake City that defends persons charged with a criminal offense. The firm takes pride in its court battle-tested attorneys, who have decades of cumulative professional experience, and some areas of concern are driving under the influence violations, arson, assault, domestic violence, drug possession, kidnapping, parole or probation violation, robbery, and murder. Both founding partners earned their J.D. from the University of Utah, and one of them belongs in the 2014 National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 list. Overson & Sheen also deals with family law matters, and it assists individuals with personal injury claims as well. The team represents adults, as well as minors suspected of committing juvenile misdemeanors and felonies, and it welcomes requests for a complimentary consultation.

Salt Lake City, UT 84106


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Pearson Butler

Pearson, Butler & Carson, PLLC provides criminal defense services to clients in the Bountiful area. Practice areas of the firm cover assault, battery, drug charges, DUI and DWI, sex crimes, violent crimes, and theft. Attorney Matthew Kober has been named to The National Trial Lawyers' list of the Top 40 Under 40, and Attorney Kevin Kemp has handled thousands of criminal cases throughout his career. Pearson, Butler & Carson also handles other areas of law.

Layton, UT 84041


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Pietryga Law Office, PLLC.

Pietryga Law Office, PLLC brings 25 years of experience in criminal defense to Salt Lake City. The veteran-owned business takes cases of property crimes, domestic violence, drug charges, sex offenses, theft, violent crimes, DUI, assault, child abuse, terrorist threats, and sex crimes. Attorney Russ Pietryga served as a U.S. Navy Seal and is a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the NACDL.

Salt Lake City, UT 84105


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Smart, Schofield, Shorter & Lunceford

Smart, Schofield, Shorter & Lunceford brings over 170 years of combined legal experience to Salt Lake City criminal defendants. Practice areas include DUI, drug crimes, assault, weapons violations, and juvenile crimes. The full-service firm is a member of the NACDL and the UACDL, has been rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, and also handles civil litigation, family law, bankruptcy law, wrongful death, and probate.

Salt Lake City, UT 84117


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Tycksen & Shattuck, LLC

Tycksen & Shattuck, LLC is a client-centered, multi-lingual law firm serving the Salt Lake City area. Tycksen & Shattuck's experienced legal team focus on the areas of family and environmental law, but the firm also handles cases involving bankruptcy, business law, criminal defense, collections, landlord and tenant law, litigation and appeals, mediation, personal injury, real estate, multi-level marketing, and worker's compensation. Past clients of Tycksen & Shattuck, LLC recommend the firm due to their emphasis on the client's best interests, personalized services, honesty, and integrity.

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Utah Freedom Fighters

Utah Freedom Fighters has been defending Bountiful clients against criminal charges for 15 years. The practice handles a range of cases such as DUI and DWI, domestic assault, drug crimes, sex crimes, theft, violent crimes, and white collar cases. Services for probation and parole violations are also available. Attorney Sean B. Druyon is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Federal Criminal Justice Panel, and the office works with clients on payment options and plans.

Bountiful, UT 84010


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