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salt lake criminal attorney

About Darwin Overson

Darwin Overson is a criminal defense lawyer in Salt Lake City.  Darwin grew up in West Jordan and lived in Utah most of his life, with his family roots go back to before the founding of Utah.  Since he was a child, Darwin knew he wanted to be a lawyer, and today he uses that passion to fight for justice and freedom for his clients.  Darwin graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in both psychology and law and was admitted to the bar in Utah in 1998.  He has been practicing as a criminal defense attorney for over 20 years.

Darwin Overson practices personal injury law, family law, and criminal law.  His practice, Overson Law, PLLC represents people charged with crimes ranging from minor infractions to serious offenses, and even murder.  Darwin has handled hundreds of cases in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas. 

Our attorneys approach each case as unique.  We work to understand the facts of the case, looking for any details that might allow us to challenge the way that the police seized the evidence, arrested you, or obtained a confession.  We fight to challenge evidence and make the prosecution work for any piece of evidence they might try to use against you.

Our lawyers also work to get charges reduced and dismissed.  In many cases, the prosecution will start the case strong by charging multiple counts of various crimes or tacking-on related charges as bargaining tools.  Our lawyers can work to get some of those extra charges dropped and focus on the true case at hand.

If at all possible, our lawyers will also work to reduce the penalties and fight to keep you out of prison.  In many cases, the opportunity for probation is an excellent alternative to jail.  Putting someone in a cage is often the worst way to rehabilitate them, and it usually doesn’t stop crime – it just assures that the only victims will be other inmates.  We know that jail can be dangerous and harmful to your physical safety and mental health, so we work to get penalties reduced and keep our clients out of jail and prison.

Our lawyers represent defendants in a wide range of cases.  No case is too small – not even traffic tickets.  At the same time, no charges are too serious that our attorneys will turn away from the challenge.  Our lawyers have experience fighting serious charges like rape, aggravated assault, and kidnapping.  No matter how dark the charges look, we will fight to ensure that your rights are protected and that you have a fair shot at challenging the charges and having your day in court.

Awards and Recognitions

salt lake criminal defense attorney
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2014)
SLC criminal lawyer
Clients’ Choice Award (2015)

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About Tawni Bugden

Tawni Bugden is an experienced and distinguished criminal defense attorney renowned for her exceptional skills and unwavering dedication to her clients. She excelled in law school at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, graduating in 1997 before embarking upon her legal career dedicated to criminal defense. She was elected to serve as President of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in addition to holding several other offices.

From an early age, Tawni’s tenacity and innate sense of justice propelled her forward. Her personal experiences instilled in her a deep understanding of the injustices that can occur within the legal system. Motivated by a desire to protect the rights of those who are often overlooked, she committed herself to fighting for justice on behalf of the accused.


Throughout her career, Tawni has defended a wide range of clients, earning her a reputation for her relentless pursuit of justice and unwavering commitment to her clients. She has secured dismissals and not guilty verdicts in many challenging cases including murder, sex offenses, child sex crimes, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, and other serious crimes.

Tawni has fearlessly taken on challenging, high-stakes cases that have garnered extensive media coverage. Her ability to navigate the complexities of the legal system while effectively managing the intense scrutiny of public attention has solidified her reputation as a trusted defender.

When you choose Attorney Tawni Bugden as your defense counsel, you gain a steadfast ally who understands the challenges you face and is unwavering in her commitment to your cause. Her compassionate approach, combined with her formidable legal skills, ensures that you receive personalized attention and a robust defense strategy tailored to your specific circumstances.

If you are seeking a dedicated criminal defense attorney who will fight fearlessly for your rights, contact Tawni Bugden today. Schedule a confidential consultation and discover why she is the advocate you can trust to protect your interests, navigate the complexities of the legal system, and secure a brighter future. Remember, with Tawni Bugden in your corner, you have a relentless advocate who will champion your cause at every turn.