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SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

EVERYONE DESERVES A SECOND CHANCE


SALT LAKE CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS

NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE IN UTAH

Providing Serious Defense for a Serious Charge

Any situation in which a person dies unnecessarily is a serious matter. But not all such occurrences are criminal acts. Even though negligently causing the death of another person — such as in an automobile collision or other accident — may bring about civil liability as well as years of guilt, it will not necessarily lead to criminal charges unless the negligence involved reaches a certain level. But when it does reach that level, it becomes the crime of negligent homicide. If you have been found at fault for the death of another person, these or other criminal charges are a possibility. But contacting an experienced negligent homicide attorney in Utah early can help you recognize and protect your rights. At Intermountain Legal, we make it a priority to ensure our clients understand the process and their rights throughout. We keep them informed to minimize the stress and uncertainty they feel.

Utah Negligent Homicide

Utah law defines negligent homicide as acting with criminal negligence and thereby causing the death of another person. It is a Class A misdemeanor that can carry penalties of up to one year behind bars and up to $2,500 in fines. Moreover, when negligent homicide involves an automobile accident, the guilty party can have his or her driver’s license revoked. While not as serious as automobile homicide — which involves causing a death while driving under the influence and is at least a Class 2 felony — it is still a very serious matter deserving the attention of a skilled lawyer.

Distinguishing between simple negligence and a degree of criminal negligence that justifies a charge of negligent homicide is a very subjective and nuanced process — and a decision over which many prosecutors agonize. But it also presents a great deal of leeway for overly aggressive district attorneys to pursue criminal charges for conduct that many would view as a lapse of judgment that anyone could make. Many a person has been surprised to learn — while already dealing with the guilt and accompanying legal issues of causing the death of another — that they will also be facing criminal charges. Intermountain Legal has stepped up to help numerous people protect their rights in this difficult situation. Our attorneys work closely with prosecutors to reduce or dismiss these frequently unwarranted charges.

Call the Firm for a Free Consultation Regarding Criminal Homicide

If you were involved in the death of another person, you are probably already feeling overwhelmed. But despite what you are experiencing, it is important to confront the possibility of negligent homicide charges with the help of Intermountain Legal. We know the law and we know the process. Call our 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.