12339 S. 800 E., Suite 101 Draper, UT, 84020
Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Miller Law Office is the premiere criminal defense firm to clients in Utah. With decades of combined experience and legal practice our attorneys are capable of taking on any felony case, no matter how serious. Our clients can rest assured that Attorney Lorenzo K. Miller will endeavor to protect their rights while also giving them the best chances at exoneration from the charges against them.
Utah’s felony laws are divided into four categories with penalties ranging from fines to prison and even death. The four categories are as follows:
Third Degree Felony – These felonies can have a zero to five year incarceration period and/or a $5,000 fine with a 90% surcharge. Most notably, these crimes include theft (between $1,000-$5,000), third DUI in 10 years, possession of a controlled substance which includes large amounts of marijuana and forged prescription drugs.
Second Degree Felony – Most common second degree felonies include Manslaughter, residential burglary (plus breaking & entering), auto theft, fraud (over $5,000) and many sexual offenses. This class of felony can carry a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine, with a 90% surcharge.
First Degree Felony – This includes, but is not limited to premeditated murder, rape, kidnapping (of a minor or otherwise), aggravated robbery, and other serious offenses involving a weapon or gun. Punishment varies from a fine ($10,000 limit with 90% surcharge) and 5 years to life in prison.
Capital Offense – There are several ways in which a crime can be deemed a capital offense but all of which are based around aggravated murder. The severity of the crime and other related details can weigh heavily on the outcome but carries a minimum punishment of life in prison followed by life without parole or death.
It is important to note, as it is not widely known by defendants, that the State of Utah provides for substantial judicial discretion. This means that even though the courts have certain sentencing guidelines to follow, it can be left to the judges discretion to decide upon an apt punishment by taking into account factors such as criminal history, alternative rehabilitation method and character witness testimony. At Miller Law Office we know how to use this discretion to the advantage of our client’s defense. Additionally, Mr. Miller knows the sentencing system through his numerous years representing the Utah Board of Pardons and the State Prison.
Because the consequences of being charged with a felony of any kind are devastating to our clients, Miller Law Office strives to represent our clients to the best of our ability while taking the time to make sure that each individual client fully understands his or her situation and what we can do for them. If you or a loved one faces felony charges in Utah, please contact us for a free consultation and we can begin defending you today.