Our Salt Lake City attorneys defends clients in cases including DUI, domestic violence, theft, gun possession, narcotics, assault, sexual assault, murder, and battery related charges.
If you are being arrested or a target of an investigation, contact us today at 801-883-8204. Dealing with Utah’s complex legal system can be difficult and consuming. We help guide you through the processes and give distinct answers to your questions.
Domestic violence is considered a violent crime. When an individual is convicted of a domestic violence crime, the individual can expect to be impacted socially. That person may experience decreased trust by those around him, and have less appeal for job opportunities. Unlike jail or prison these can have a serious impact on a person’s life and freedom long-term. The secondary penalties, in conjunction with those penalties imposed by the court, can have long term effects.
Theft related crimes are one of the most common criminal offenses in the US. There were over six million cases in 2009 alone. Common cases in Utah include shoplifting and retail theft, larceny, receiving stolen property, robbery and extortion.
It is important to remember that being arrested does not mean you are automatically guilty of the crime. We fight hard for the rights guaranteed by the constitution. We will fight hard for anyone charged with a theft offense in Utah. We will make sure that your rights are protected.
Sometimes people that may qualify to have their record expunged, but because of a mistake on the reporting of their criminal record they become ineligible. This mistake can be cured. An attorney can request the judgement from the conviction that was incorrectly reported and file a petition on your behalf to have the record changed.
An attorney with the experience and knowledge to find all the opportunities to help the client is essential to provide the best outcome possible. Many attorneys fail to request and assure the client that the criminal record reflected on the state’s records is correct. Just a simple error in reporting the level of seriousness of the charged offense can cause someone to become ineligible to have their record expunged. Make sure the criminal record is correct. Have JLJ Law group help and we assure people we will help get them the best outcome possible.
Occasionally there are people who may not qualify for expungement, but have a conviction that may be reduced allowing them to become eligible for expungement. Utah law allows for come crimes that are charged as felonies to be reduced to misdemeanors. For example, a 3rd degree felony may be reduced to a class A misdemeanor, or a class A misdemeanor may be reduced to a class B misdemeanor.
Sometimes when people are convicted of multiple felonies or misdemeanors, have the seriousness of the conviction reduced may allow someone to become eligible for expungement when they otherwise, without a reduction in the level of seriousness, would be ineligible.
Savvy and experienced attorneys can find these opportunities to help their clients. Make sure you call JLJ Law Group and talk to an experienced attorney to help you expunge your record.
Before filing a petition to expunge a record in Utah the petition must obtain a certificate of eligibility which is issued by the Bureau of Criminal identification of the Utah Department of Public Safety. There is a fee associated with the certificate. This form can take quite a bit of time to issue from the Bureau of Criminal Identification.
This process checks to determine whether the individual is eligible to expunge criminal records. The records may include those that have been previously expunged. If all criteria is met for eligibility then a certificate will be mailed out. Certificates are valid for 90 days from the date of issue.
The original certificate from the Bureau of Criminal Identification must be included with the Petition to expunge records. The petition should be filed immediately after receiving the certificate of eligibility since the certificate is only valid for 90 days. There is a fee to file this petition unless it is waived by the court.
The petition to expunge records and the certificate of eligibility must be served by the petitioner to the office of the prosecutor who handled the criminal case. If no criminal case was filed then the documents must be filed with the county attorney or district attorney of the county in which the petitioner was arrested.
The prosecutor notifies the victim of the crime that a petition of Expunge Records has been filed. The prosecutor and the victim may file a statement objecting the petition or make a recommendation within 30 days after they have received the petition. If the prosecutor or victim files a statement they must serve the documents to the petitioner.
After someone is successful in expunging their record and the court orders the criminal records to be expunged, the order must be communicated to every agency or government office that might have records that the order authorizes to be expunged.
Hiring an experienced attorney can assure that the order to communicated to all the necessary agencies and government offices to make sure that the criminal record is completely expunged.