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Utah Criminal Defense Strategy

At the Canyons Law Group, our successful criminal defense philosophy focuses on finding real solutions for our clients. Many law firms and attorneys talk about being "aggressive" or “fighting hard” for their clients. But over the years, our clients have told us that what ultimately matters most is the result that we can achieve for them.

Criminal court processes in Utah are based on an adversarial system, where both the prosecutor and defense attorney take on opposing roles. “Fighting hard” certainly has its place in this adversarial court system. But determing which fight is the right one to take on can be critical to obtaining the solution that is really needed by a client.

Finding the best strategy for fighting your Utah criminal defense case can involve complex legal analysis, a thorough understanding of the specific facts and circumstances of your case, and extensive knowledge of the procedural and substantive law applicable to your case. With extensive experience defending Utah criminal charges ranging from murder to DUI, and virtually everything in between, we can help ensure that your rights are protected while we work with you to find the best solution for your legal needs.

Contact us today to arrange for an initial confidential consultation.

Balance is Best

Before determining the best stategy for any given criminal defense case, it is critical to make a complete analysis of available facts - including police reports, witness statements, physical evidence, and information from the defendant/client. The relationship between the specific facts and the legal elements of each charge can dramatically affect how the case should be approached.

In some cases, the best strategy will include a direct challenge to the credibility of critical prosecution witnesses. In other cases, it may be better to concede certain facts but instead mount a legal challenge to the sufficiency of the evidence. Sometimes, a constitutional challenge to the police investigative techniques may result in the suppression of critical prosecution evidence, leading ultimately to the dismissal of charges. In some circumstances, mitigation techniques and negotiations with the prosecutor may result in an outcome that is more favorable to the client than any direct factual or legal challenge.

Learning to balance these various strategies, understanding when and where each strategy can be best implemented, and developing the ability to persuasively communicate with prosecutors, judges, and juries - all of these can be critical to obtaining the best outcome for a client.

At the Canyons Law Group, we work hard to understand our clients' needs and legal goals. And we work diligently to find the best way to accomplish those goals. Over the years, our stategy has helped us achieve real results for our clients.

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If you are facing criminal charges in Utah, choosing the right defense attorney can be critical to obtaining the best results. Contact us now to see how we can help you.


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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties - and all of Utah.

With offices in Salt Lake City and Davis County, the Canyons Law Group provides legal services to clients throughout Utah.
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 South Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

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