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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE


SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

THREATS OF VIOLENCE

Protecting Those Whose Only Crime Is a Spoken Word

Most people realize that assaulting someone or purposely damaging someone else’s property is a crime. What many do not realize, however, is that simply threatening to perform those acts is also a serious criminal offense. Because of the broad definition of a threat of violence in Utah, a single poorly-thought-out comment can lead to a criminal record, substantial fines and, in some cases, jail time. If you have been accused of making threats, realize that these are serious charges and consult a Salt Lake City lawyer at Intermountain Legal today.

Making Threats Under Utah law

Under the Utah Criminal Code, it is a crime to threaten to commit an offense involving bodily injury, death or substantial property damage with intent to place a person in imminent fear. The threat need not be express — it may be implied — and the person making the threat need not have the present ability to carry it out. Making threats is a Class B misdemeanor, meaning it carries substantial fines and possible jail time. Moreover, the law requires a person convicted of this crime to reimburse the state or any private business or individual for whatever expenses were incurred in responding to the threat. Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, this amount can be far larger than the criminal fines imposed.

Despite the seriousness of this crime, it is fairly easy to inadvertently commit. Especially in the context of domestic disputes, where emotions runs high, one unwise comment can easily be construed as a threat. And as there is rarely any physical proof available or required for these types of charges and usually few witnesses, those falsely accused of making threats must be sure to take prompt steps to protect their rights by contacting a threat of violence lawyer in Utah.

There are many aspects of the criminal threats law that are subject to interpretation. This is why being represented by a threat of attorney can be so valuable. The intent element of the crime is an especially complicated area and is frequently an avenue that experienced attorneys use to dispute these charges. While the state does not need to prove that you intended to carry out the threat — or that you were even capable of doing so — it does need to prove that you intended for the threat to be taken seriously and to place the target in imminent fear of injury, death or substantial property damage.

Call Intermountain Legal for a Free Consultation About Criminal Threat Charges

Threat of violence charges in Utah can be both complex and serious. But the principled and pragmatic attorneys at Intermountain Legal know what you are facing and can fight to protect you from trumped-up or false charges. We know the law and we know the process. Call our Salt Lake City office today at 801-970-2800 or contact us online to begin taking control of your legal troubles.

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Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.


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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.