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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

DRUG USE & DEFENSE

Intermountain Legal provides drug use defense representation to clients in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah. Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience with cases involving:

Utah Drug Use Defense Law

Cases involving illegal drug use are among the most common in Utah courts. Because of the high number of cases and serious consequences for drug use convictions, prosecutors work hard to push drug cases through the criminal court system as fast as possible. However, despite this pressure to expedite your case, an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney will invest the time to scrutinize the facts surrounding your case, formulate a strong defense strategy, and come to court fully prepared to fight the charges.

Utah law defines many different types of controlled substances and categorizes them into different "schedules" according to how dangerous a drug is perceived to be, how addictive the substance is, and if the drug has any proven medical use. The substance schedule, which mirrors the federal government's drug schedule, is as follows:

  • Schedule I - These drugs, including heroin, LSD, ecstasy (MDMA), and marijuana, have a high risk of abuse, a high tendency for dependency, and have no current medically accepted use.
  • Schedule II - These drugs, including opium, PCP, cocaine, OxyContin®, and methamphetamine, have a high potential for abuse as well as severe dependency, but do have some medically accepted uses.
  • Schedule III - When compared to Schedule II drugs, these drugs, including anabolic steroids, Vicodin, and codeine, have much less potential for abuse and dependency. They also have medically accepted uses.
  • Schedule IV - These drugs, such as Valium and Xanax, are most commonly used as tranquilizers and sedatives. They have a limited potential for dependency and abuse, along with their accepted medical use.
  • Schedule V - In the final category are the least severe drugs, which have a low potential of abuse, limited risk of dependency, and widely accepted medical uses. These drugs include simple medications such as cough syrup.

Along with classification, the quantity of the drug in possession, the purpose for which it is possessed, and any prior convictions determine the seriousness of the charges you may face if you are found using or possessing drugs. Producing, manufacturing, and selling illegal drugs are the most serious drug crimes. In some cases, you can be convicted of possession of drugs with intent to distribute based on the quantity of the drug alone, without any actual evidence of distribution.

Seek Experienced, Intelligent Defense Representation

If you were arrested for a drug use offense, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to analyze your case and determine your best course of action to fight or lessen the charges brought against you. To speak with an attorney at Intermountain Legal, call 801-970-2800 or contact us online today.


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STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.

STEVEN K. BURTON

As a former prosecutor Steven gained an intimate knowledge of various Domestic Violence Courts, DUI courts and other criminal court programs and procedures. He has spent over 3,500 hours in court and has argued more cases than most attorneys do in a lifetime. For more on Steve's experience, click here.

 
JUSTIN PRATT

Attorney Justin S. Pratt handles all types of criminal cases, with an emphasis on DUI-related charges. He believes that someone who is charged with a crime deserves the specialized attention of an attorney who will protect his client's rights by taking the time to examine constitutional issues, important factual circumstances, and any other crucial factors that may be relevant to the case. For more on Justin's experience, click here.

 
STACI VISSER

Staci has represented clients in nearly every type of criminal case, from misdemeanors to first-degree felonies. She has an excellent reputation with her clients and they have repeatedly recommended her to their friends and family. She also practices criminal appeals and family law. For more on Staci's experience, click here.

 
MARK LAROCCO

Mark is skilled at dealing with all aspects of family law, including helping clients obtain modifications, enforce court orders, and achieve fair custody and support awards. Going through a painful divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, and Mark is there to help every step of the way. For more on Mark's experience, click here.

 
MATTHEW BELL

Matthew's reputation as an attorney is one who thoroughly understands the law and diligently advocates to advance his client's interests. His practice primarily focuses on representing clients in family law matters. He has assisted hundreds of clients in divorce, custody, guardianship, and termination of parental rights cases. For more on Matthew's experience click here.

 
ELLY HENDRIKSEN

Elly is a skilled attorney who specializes in divorce and criminal law. Spending the majority of her career in the courtroom, Elly understands how to effectively advocate for her clients who find themselves in the toughest of situations. Elly has successfully guided clients through trials and difficult hearings in front of judges and commissioners, and has expertly negotiated cases through hundreds of hours of mediation. For more on Elly's experience click here.