The Utah Department of Public Safety reports that, in general, violent crimes in Utah are on the decline. (Utah Department of Public Safety, Crime in Utah Semiannual Report, January-June 2011.) However, it cannot be said that a person charged with a violent crime will face any different challenges to his rights and liberty.
We believe that the prosecution of such offenses is as vigorous as ever, if not more so today, probably due to a concerted effort of law enforcement agencies to continue the downward trend. While this may be a positive factor for society as a whole, an individual charged with a violent crime faces serious consequences and should take the necessary steps to have an experienced criminal defense attorney vigorously defend his/her rights.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty
As criminal defense lawyers viewing these statistics, we keep in mind that every individual charged with a crime is innocent unless proven guilty according to the law. We also bear in mind that these statistics represent all reports of violent crimes received by the agencies, regardless of innocence or guilt of the accused individual. We are prepared to challenge any law enforcement agency’s practices and actions if they do not comport with the law. An experienced criminal defense attorney is aware of the fact that not all persons are guilty of or criminally responsible for the crime charged.
There are many factors involved in the defense of criminal defendants in Utah. It is important to take into consideration every detail, fact and circumstance of the case; they must be carefully identified and evaluated to prepare the best possible defense and outcome. Some factors to be considered include the use of a dangerous weapon, the level of violence or forced used, if any injury was involved and to what extent, the intent of the accused, the intellectual or developmental capacity of the accused, whether the accused acted in self-defense or whether the accused has a viable alibi defense.
If you are charged with a violent crime such as murder or homicide, voluntary or involuntary manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, or aggravated kidnapping in either state or federal court you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. The longer you delay you will most likely jeopardize your defense. You will also be at the mercy of law enforcement agencies who would rather have you plead guilty to save them the trouble and expense of considering and protecting your rights.
Contact the Law Offices of White & Matern, PLLC immediately at 801-266-4114 for your free initial consultation.