When an individual is charged with assault, battery, murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping or domestic violence, they have been accused of committing a violent crime.  Such charges can be filed as either misdemeanors or felonies, with all of the potential consequences inherent in those categories.  Due to the sheer variability of circumstances involved in violent crimes cases, it is crucial that a proper criminal defense attorney be retained to represent a defendant.

Violent crimes are complex: in some cases, the victim may in fact be the accused.  It is often the case that the confrontation which led to the violent crime was initiated by the victim of the crime itself.  Police and investigators often overlook the self-defense aspects of charges such as these, and make unreasonable, on-the-spot assumptions.  Without competent legal representation, these assumptions can result in unfair judgments, and even illegal violations of the defendant’s constitutional rights.

At The Law Office of Haynes & Fuelling, we know that every violent altercation involves at least two people.  Contact our office today and make sure that the judge recognizes this, too.

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.


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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