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Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Utah

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best criminal defense attorneys in Utah. To rank the top criminal defense attorneys and other lawyers in Utah, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top criminal defense attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents some of the most highly accomplished criminal defense lawyers currently practicing in Utah. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing criminal law (but our list comes close).
Susanne Gustin
Criminal Defense and Sex Crimes Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Jim Bradshaw
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Kenneth R Brown
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Clayton A Simms
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Ann Marie Taliaferro
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Phil Laurence Wormdahl
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Carl N Anderson III
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Staci Visser
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Michael J Langford
Criminal Defense and Marijuana Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Logan Collins
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Bountiful, UT
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J Robert Latham
Criminal Defense and Child Welfare Lawyer
Saint George, UT
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Mark R Moffat
Criminal Defense Lawyer
Salt Lake City, UT
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Utah Legal Resources

Criminal Defense Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) - Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL) - For more than 20 years, the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL) has worked to improve the profession of criminal defense and reform the Utah criminal justice system. Today the UACDL consists of the top criminal defense attorneys in Utah. Any attorney admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Utah who is actively engaged in the defense of criminal cases can apply for membership. The UACDL is an affiliate of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).

Specialty Certifications in Criminal Defense

Criminal Trial Law - The specialty area of Criminal Trial Law is offered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) to lawyers. To earn NBTA board certification, the criminal defense attorney must show substantial involvement in at least 45 days of trial, must have served as lead counsel in jury cases through verdict; conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations, and conducted a specified number of voir dire, opening statements and closing arguments.
DUI Defense Law - The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. (NCDD) is an organization that grants specialty or board certification for DUI Defense Law. The ABA has recognized the NCDD as an organization that is accredited to award certification in this specialty area of the law. The purpose of granting board certification in DUI Defense Law is to recognize DUI and DWI lawyers who focus their practice on representing men and women accused of drunk and impaired driving offenses. In order to qualify for board certification in "DUI Defense Law," the attorney must meet specific qualifications and apply for board certification with NCDD.

Utah Government and Court Resources

Utah Attorney General

Utah Attorney General - The Utah Attorney General, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. The Attorney General's duties include providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Utah in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. This office plays a pivotal role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse array of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Utah Indigent Defense Commission

Utah Indigent Defense Commission - Created in 2016, the Utah Indigent Defense Commission (IDC) is a state agency that provides free legal representation to indigent adults and juveniles accused of crimes. it's duties include providing guidance and standards for systems to ensure and oversee local defense services, gathering and reporting information about local indigent defense services, or indigent defense attorneys and expanding legal education opportunities for indigent defense attorneys.

Utah Legislature

Utah Legislature - The Utah Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the Utah Senate and the Utah House of Representatives. The Senate has 29 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 75 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and public safety.

Utah State Courts

Utah State Courts - The Utah State Courts are entrusted with the essential task of administering justice within the state. Their duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, safeguarding individual rights, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. Through various levels of courts, including district courts, appellate courts, and the Utah Supreme Court, the Utah State Courts uphold the rule of law in the state.

Utah Supreme Court

Utah Supreme Court - The Utah Supreme Court serves as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Utah. Additionally, the Utah Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

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