Salt Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer
If you have been charged with a crime in the Salt Lake City area, you need a qualified criminal defense lawyer who knows what to look for in defending your case — an attorney who will be able to help you decide whether you should go to trial or take a plea bargain.
I am Roger Kraft, an experienced and skilled criminal defense lawyer handling cases in Salt Lake City and throughout Salt Lake and Utah counties. Whatever charge you face, you can rely on me to develop an aggressive defense strategy for protecting your rights and freedom.
Defending Against A Variety Of Misdemeanor And Felony Charges
I understand how a criminal charge can affect every aspect of your life, including your rights, your family, your finances and your ability to find employment. I can help you guard against those outcomes by investigating the circumstances of your arrest and aggressively challenging the prosecution’s case against you.
I can help you with all kinds of criminal charges, including:
- Drunk driving
- Illegal substances
- Violence against a roommate or family member
- Sexual offenses
- Weapons charges
- Criminal charges against teens
- Embezzlement, fraud and other white collar crimes
I also assist clients in matters of expungement and conviction reductions. For help minimizing the negative consequences of an arrest, please contact my office today.
While not as serious as a felony conviction, a misdemeanor conviction can still result in heavy consequences. What you thought was a minor argument with a spouse, a simple shoplifting charge or a first-time DUI can lead to jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges, loss of gun ownership and a long-lasting criminal record.
The consequences of a misdemeanor conviction may include:
- Class C misdemeanor: up to 90 days in jail (each charge)
- Class B misdemeanor: up to 180 days in jail (each charge)
- Class A misdemeanor: up to one year in jail (each charge)
Felonies are a much more serious level of crime, and an experienced criminal defense lawyer is essential if you want to minimize the negative consequences. Being convicted of a felony can mean the loss of your right to own a gun, to vote and even to live in certain neighborhoods. In addition to heavy fines, the penalties for a felony conviction may include:
- Third-degree felony: Up to five years in prison (each charge)
- Second-degree felony: One to 15 years in prison (each charge)
- First-degree felony: Up to life in prison (each charge)
- Capital felony: Death
Do Not Let The Prosecution Go Unchallenged
Too many people think they can’t afford an attorney or that they can handle the matter themselves, and then they end up with convictions that have permanent consequences the prosecutor or judge never told them about.
I recently met with a client who handled a case without the assistance of an attorney. That person thought that since the prosecutor said my client wouldn’t go to jail and could “wrap up the case quickly,” the plea bargain was a fair resolution.
What that client was NOT told was that the plea to that particular crime meant the defendant would never be able to hunt or own a firearm again. That is just one of the many consequences you can face. My question for you is: “How can you afford NOT to have an attorney?”
Contact My Office For A Free Consultation
To schedule a free initial consultation, call my office in Midvale at 801-871-8353 or 800-640-3207. You can also contact me online. Evening and weekend hours are available by appointment. My office is centrally located near all courthouses from Provo to Ogden. My rates are affordable, and I accept credit cards.