The illegal possession or use of a controlled substance – i.e. a drug crime – is one of the most frequently issued charges in the State of Utah.  It is also, however, one of the most circumstantial charges, meaning that the details surrounding the possession of the controlled substance and the means by which police discovered it have a significant impact on how the case will be both charged and resolved.  

Whether a defendant was accidentally in possession of someone else’s medication, or they deliberately sought out a controlled substance; whether they were caught with a substance illegal only within the borders of the State of Utah, or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time: anyone charged with a drug-related crime should seek experienced legal defense.  Properly defended drug cases can have significantly more lenient outcomes, and will help reduce the risk of the defendant losing their driving license, losing their job, being saddled with a criminal record, and more.

At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we have a great deal of experience providing criminal defense for drug cases of all kinds.  Contact our office as soon as possible if you have been charged with a drug crime, and let us fight to minimize the consequences.

When retained for a new case, our first efforts are directed toward rescheduling the client’s court date to fit the client’s scheduling needs, wherever possible.  Our legal team works hand-in-hand with court clerks across the state, and we can generally secure a new court date within 24 hours.

Once an acceptable date has been set for the hearing, we go to work investigating the prosecution’s case.  Our attorneys tirelessly scrutinize the details of the case, ensuring that the police did not overreact to the situation, that they had reliable witnesses, that no constitutional rights were violated, and so on.  If any weakness exists in the prosecution’s case, we identify them, and when found we use them to minimize the consequences of being charged criminally.

If the prosecution proves unwilling to offer a reasonable agreement - if not dismiss the case outright - we begin to prepare for trial.  Keeping the client informed of each development, we secure expert witnesses, prepare transcripts for evidence, hire private investigators, and more.  Regardless of the difficulties of the case, we present a formidable and informed defense throughout the trial process, up to and including sentencing.

Finally, if a sentence is imposed, we present the clients with all of the options which they still have available to them, from appealing the sentence to a higher court, to clearing the client's records through expungement.  We never consider a case ‘closed,’ until every avenue of defense and recovery have been exhausted.

At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we are dedicated to providing our clients inside and outside of Utah with a quality criminal defense lawyer at a competitive rate.  After more than twenty years of experience defending and prosecuting criminal law throughout the state, we guarantee effective and competent criminal defense in every case we take.  Contact us now to receive a free consultation with an experienced attorney.


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Salt Lake City, UT 84111-4905

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