It goes without saying that homicide and murder are among the most serious crimes prosecuted in our criminal justice system.  Whether the death of the victim was accidental or intentional, if the responsibility can in any way be placed at your feet, the potential consequences are catastrophic.  As far as violent crimes go, these charges are the most likely to end in a trial before a grand jury, and as the death penalty is still alive and well in the State of Utah, your choice of attorney can literally make the difference between life and death.

If you have been charged with homicide or murder, be aware that the penalties for this crime range from one year to life in prison, fines of up to $10,000, and the death penalty.  Because the consequences are so severe, it is absolutely essential that you retain a competent criminal defense attorney who can give you advice on what your rights are and how you can protect yourself.  The police often make use of subtle methods of gathering evidence even after an arrest has been made, and in many cases your fellow inmate at a jail or prison may, in fact, be a police informant.  Phone lines might be tapped, mail might be checked – in short, any communication outside of the communication with your attorney is likely to be monitored and could be used against you, regardless of whether or not you are actually guilty.

Whether you have been charged with homicide or murder, it is critical that you obtain the best representation possible.  At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, not only do we have over 20 years of trial experience, but we also have experience handling multiple murder and homicide cases.  When your life is on the line, do not let anything take precedent – contact our office now.

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.


357 S 200 E STE 307
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-4905

Main Office: 801.320.0532

Fax: 801.320.0535

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