Traffic stops that result in DUI charges, speeding charges, or drug possession charges are more common than you might think. Unfortunately, it only takes one incident to find yourself heading to the local jail, facing one of these charges. When this happens, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Remember, your driver’s license, and your personal reputation is at stake. Too often, someone in the wrong place, at the wrong time, can find themselves facing criminal charges.
If you have been charged with a crime in Ogden, Salt Lake City or Wasatch Front, Utah, do not ignore the charges. The longer you wait to talk to an attorney, the less likely it is the matter can be resolved outside of court. Keep in mind, prosecutors would prefer to deal with most issues without having to spend time in court, therefore, time is of the essence. However, there is also something else to keep in mind, if you pay a citation, or plead no contest, it is nearly the same as admitting guilt; avoid taking these steps without speaking with an attorney first.
Criminal law is confusing; and you may not understand your rights, and you may not understand the potential penalties of the charges you are facing. One mistake that many people make is trying to offer too much information to law enforcement officers; remember, they are trained to ask you specific questions to develop their case against you; avoid speaking with law enforcement beyond giving them your name without speaking with an attorney first. You have a right to avoid implicating yourself, and that begins with not offering any information that could potentially be used against you.
If you are facing a minor criminal charge, and you are uncertain where to turn, contact Brady Garrett Stuart, Attorney at Law immediately. We will review the charges against you, help you understand the potential penalties, and work on a strategy to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.