Utah Criminal Defense Attorney
Steve Burton is one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Utah. Currently, he is the only attorney in Utah who specializes specifically in violent crime and domestic violence defense. He is a former prosecutor for several cities in Salt Lake County including Taylorsville, Holladay, and Cottonwood Heights and has served as a part-time judge in the North Salt Lake Justice Court and as the President of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Steve also founded Defense Attorneys for Balanced Criminal Justice (“DABCJ”) which actively represents defense attorneys across the State in the lawmaking process on Capitol Hill.
Steve’s unique set of qualifications has given him a valuable skill set that he uses to directly benefit his clients. During his time as a domestic violence prosecutor, Steve gained an intimate knowledge of the
ins and outs of domestic violence specialty courts and other criminal court programs and procedures.
He is known for using his knowledge gained as a prosecutor and judge to find unique solutions that
match his clients’ specific needs and situations. Additionally, because he represents Utah defense
attorneys in current legislative issues, he has the most up to date knowledge of changes and
developments in Utah criminal law. Because of his considerable experience in these areas, Steve is seen
as an expert on these issues and has been asked to train other attorneys on domestic violence defense,
DOPL defense, and criminal legislative affairs.
During his years defending clients in the courtroom, Steve has built up a reputation as a skilled and
trusted attorney which has helped him have broad success in front of many city, county, and district
court judges in the State. Because he believes in treating his clients with respect, he will take time to
listen to and understand your concerns and will give you honest answers and straightforward advice.
Before becoming an attorney, Steve worked in the State Attorney General’s Office, Utah Governor’s
Office under Governor Huntsman, and in the Office of Congressman Chris Cannon in Washington D.C.
Additionally, he traveled to Rome, Italy to briefly work for the world’s largest law firm Baker &
Steve received his Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark School of
Law. While attending law school, he was chosen to participate on BYU’s National Trial Advocacy Team,
Moot Court Team, and Law Review. He also received top honors in multiple trial, appellate, and