Utah Criminal Defense Attorneys

Salt Lake City criminal lawyer

When you have been charged with committing a crime, an experienced trial attorney is the only clout that matters in a courtroom.  No matter what the charge may involve, Utah criminal defense attorney Darwin Overson is ready to defend you aggressively at every step of the way.  Darwin will guide you, advise you, listen to you, and protect your Constitutional rights while working hard to achieve a favorable outcome to your case, such as an acquittal (“not guilty” verdict), a reduction in the penalties you are facing, your charges being dropped, or a dismissal of your case.

Whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, being charged with a crime is serious.  Everything important to you – your job, your home, and your freedom itself – is at risk.  It is absolutely critical that your case is handled by a Utah defense lawyer who is skilled, effective, knowledgeable, and experienced.  Darwin Overson has over 16 years of experience handling thousands of felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile cases, and is proud to serve clients throughout the state of Utah.s

To talk about your case with Darwin in a free and completely confidential legal consultation, contact the law offices of Overson Law at (801) 758-2287 immediately.

How Our Salt Lake City Defense Attorneys Can Help if You Were Arrested in Utah

Even if you want to resolve your case with a plea bargain, your attorney should be preparing for trial.  If the prosecutor knows your attorney is preparing for trial, you will be in a stronger position to negotiate the plea bargain you are looking for.

If you have any reason to believe you are the target of an investigation, call our law offices now.  Don’t wait to be arrested.  The earlier we get involved, the easier it is to protect you.  Early involvement often prevents charges from being filed.

Our attorneys have represented thousands of clients, and repeatedly provided those clients with favorable outcomes – even in the most difficult cases.  For example, in 2001, Darwin Overson took over for Robert Shapiro as lead counsel in State v. Dale Gibbons and led a team of attorneys to an acquittal – even though most observers predicted a conviction, based on the negative media campaign waged against Mr. Gibbons.


“Your Attorney Should Be Preparing For Trial From The Very Beginning”


Darwin has obtained pretrial dismissals and acquittals in many cases that other lawyers were convinced would result in a conviction.  For example, he was contacted by a well-known local attorney who had a client who was facing charges of sexual abuse of a child, and the client refused to plead guilty.  The allegations were being made against him by his granddaughter.  The client’s situation looked particularly grim.

Darwin agreed to take over the case and take it to trial.  At trial, Darwin was able to show that the granddaughter had fabricated the allegations after being unduly influenced by law enforcement officials.  The jury concluded that reasonable doubt existed, and found the client not guilty.

Over the years, Darwin has represented clients from every stratum of society, including bankers, police officers, dentists, doctors, respected business leaders, professional athletes, and even an Eagle Scout.  No matter what the charge, no matter who you are, no matter which part of Utah you call home — if you are in trouble, our attorneys are here to help you get through it safely.

Utah Criminal Defense Lawyer Handling Felony Cases and Misdemeanor Charges

Our Utah criminal defense law firm represents adult and juvenile defendants charged with an array of misdemeanor offenses and felony crimes.  We have over 16 years of experience handling thousands of criminal cases ranging in severity from disorderly conduct to aggravated murder.

Types of cases our firm handles include, but are not limited to, the charges listed below.   If you or someone you love is facing these or related charges, contact us to talk about how we can help.

  • Arson – Arson is charged when a person deliberately starts a fire.  The penalties depend on the severity of the property damage or injury caused by the fire.
  • Assault – Assault is charged when a person injures, or attempts to injure, another person.  If the injuries are very serious, the person could be charged with aggravated assault, which is a felony offense.  Reckless endangerment is a related charge.
  • Drug Crimes – State laws make it illegal to possess, distribute, possess with intent to distribute, cultivate (grow), manufacture, share, sell, or transport narcotics, including both “street” drugs and prescription drugs without a valid prescription.  Our law firm represents defendants charged with drug offenses in Utah involving Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule III, Schedule IV, and Schedule V drugs, including:
    • Adderall
    • Ambien
    • Amphetamine (Speed)
    • Cocaine
    • Crack Cocaine
    • Drug Manufacturing Equipment
    • Drug Paraphernalia (Bongs, Grow Kits, Joints, Pipes)
    • Fentanyl
    • Heroin (Dope, Junk)
    • Ketamine
    • LSD (Acid)
    • Marijuana (Cannabis, Pot, Weed)
    • Methadone
    • Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth)
    • MDMA (Ecstasy, Molly)
    • OxyContin
    • PCP (Phencyclidine, Angel Dust)
    • Percocet
    • Psilocybin Mushrooms (Magic Mushrooms, Shrooms)
    • Valium
    • Vicodin
    • Xanax
  • DUI – Driving under the influence (DUI) is also called drugged driving, drunk driving, impaired driving, and driving while intoxicated (DWI).  It can be charged for operating any motor vehicle, including cars, boats, scooters, motorcycles, and airplanes, while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, including marijuana.  DUI and related charges that Utah DUI lawyer Darwin Overson handles include:
    • Aggravated DUI/High BAC
    • Breathalyzer Refusals
    • DUI Resulting in Death
    • DUI Resulting in Injury
    • DUI with a Child Passenger
    • First Offense DUI
    • Multiple/Repeat DUI Offenses
    • Open Container Violations
  • Juvenile Crimes – A juvenile or minor is any person under the age of 18.  While most juvenile cases are handled in juvenile courts, which are civil courts, teens can also be tried in adult court for certain charges.  Some examples of common crimes that teenagers are charged within Utah include:
    • Graffiti
    • Marijuana Possession
    • Shoplifting
    • Trespassing
    • Underage Drinking
    • Using a Fake ID
    • Vandalism
  • Kidnapping – Kidnapping is an extremely serious charge.  In many cases, the alleged offender is the victim’s parent or other relative, and the charges arise in the midst of, or following, a difficult custody dispute.  Our kidnapping attorneys also handle the related charges of:
    • Aggravated Human Trafficking
    • Aggravated Kidnapping
    • Child Kidnapping
    • Human Trafficking
  • Murder – If you have been charged with murder, you need to ensure that your rights will be aggressively protected by an extremely experienced defense attorney in Utah.  Related homicide charges our law firm handles include:
    • Aggravated Murder
    • Manslaughter
    • Negligent Homicide
    • Vehicular Homicide
  • Parole Violations – Parole is sometimes granted to inmates.  When an inmate is paroled, it means he or she is going to be released from prison early.  However, if the inmate violates their conditions of parole (rules for parolees), they can be sent back to prison.
  • Probation Violations – Similar to parole, a convicted defendant can be placed on probation, meaning he or she will avoid jail time but must comply with certain rules.  A violation of these rules can result in a probation violation charge and potential incarceration for the probationer.
  • Sex Crimes – Sex crimes are some of the most painful and difficult charges for defendants to face, but rest assured that you will be treated with compassion and professionalism when you are represented by Utah sex crimes attorney Darwin Overson.  Sex offenses and related charges our firm handles include:
    • Aggravated Sexual Assault
    • Child Pornography Charges
    • Lewdness
    • Prostitution
    • Rape
    • Sexual Abuse of a Minor
    • Statutory Rape
    • Voyeurism
  • Terroristic Threats – Terroristic threats, or threat of terrorism, is an extremely serious offense to be charged with.  However, even an innocent high school prank can lead to prosecution for this crime.  Threatening to use a bomb or weapon of mass destruction, even as a hoax or joke, can result in an arrest.
  • Theft – Theft is a very broad crime.  Some thefts involve money or tangible objects, like retail theft (shoplifting), while other forms of theft involve data or information, such as identity theft.  Related charges include:
    • Aggravated Burglary
    • Aggravated Robbery
    • Burglary
    • Possession of Burglar’s Tools
    • Possession of Stolen Goods
    • Robbery
  • Vandalism – Technically called “criminal mischief” but better known as vandalism, this offense involves the damage or destruction of another person’s property, or of critical infrastructure.  Spraying graffiti to deface a building, bridge, or sign is a common example of vandalism.
  • Violent Crimes – Violent crimes include various misdemeanor and felony charges, including:
    • Assault
    • Child Abuse
    • Domestic Violence/Spousal Abuse
    • Harassment
    • Hazing
    • Mayhem
    • Stalking
  • Weapons Crimes – While Utah has fairly lenient gun restriction laws, there are still many allegations that can lead to criminal prosecution.  Additionally, other weapons such as knives and clubs can also lead to weapons charges.  Gun crimes and weapons offenses Darwin Overson handles include:
    • Carrying a Concealed Firearm
    • Carrying a Loaded Firearm
    • Possession of a Deadly Weapon (Weapons Possession)
    • Selling Guns to Minors
  • White Collar Crimes – White collar crimes are financial crimes.  The term is an old-fashioned reference to the clothing typically worn by businesspeople.  In many instances, federal agencies like the FBI and IRS get involved in the investigation of financial crimes.  Our law firm defends corporate executives and other clients charged with white collar crimes in Utah, including but not limited to:
    • Corporate Fraud
    • Embezzlement
    • Healthcare Fraud
    • Investment Fraud
    • Money Laundering
    • Mortgage Fraud
    • Ponzi Schemes
    • Pyramid Schemes

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Criminal Attorney in Utah?

At the law offices of Overson Law, we understand that cost is often a major concern for defendants who are facing criminal charges.  One of the first questions people often ask us is, “How much does it cost to hire a lawyer to defend me in court if I have been charged with a crime?”

At Overson Law, we believe that every defendant deserves access to aggressive, experience-driven, high-quality legal representation in a court of law, which is why we work with our clients to provide flexible payment options.  For example, many of our clients prefer to use a flat fee structure, which is available for many cases.

We will sit down with you to discuss your payment options and look for an arrangement that is manageable for you.  When we defend you, part of our role is helping to provide you with support and reduce your anxiety, down to the way we structure payments.  Additionally, your initial consultation is cost-free.

Charged with a Crime in Utah? Contact Our Criminal Defense Law Firm for a Free Consultation

If you or one of your family members was arrested or charged with a crime, or if you even suspect that an investigation may be underway, the time to act is right now.  The sooner you get an experienced Utah criminal attorney involved, the greater the likelihood of a favorable outcome will be.  Early intervention from a criminal lawyer in Utah increases the chance that you will be able to beat the charges or receive reduced penalties.

Legal help for criminal charges is only a phone call away – but it is vital that you contact us as soon as possible.  Your initial consultation is completely free of charge, and your information will be kept confidential.  Criminal matters we may be able to assist you or your loved one with include:

  • Attorney visits to county jails and correctional facilities throughout Utah
  • Bail (release from custody) and bail reduction hearings
  • Police brutality and police misconduct, including illegal search and seizure by law enforcement officers

We are proud to serve Utah residents from towns and cities in every corner of the state, and can travel to you for emergency county jail attorney visits, including the Box Elder County Jail, Cache County Jail, Daggett County Jail, Davis County Jail, Duchesne County Jail, Grand County Jail, Iron County Jail, Juab County Jail, Kane County Jail, Salt Lake County Jail, Summit County Jail, Tooele County Jail, Utah County Jail, Wasatch County Jail, Washington County Jail, and Weber County Jail.

Though based in Salt Lake City, Darwin Overson also handles criminal cases in Bountiful, Cedar City, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Kaysville, Layton, Lehi, Logan, Midvale, Millcreek, Murray, Ogden, Orem, Pleasant Grove, Provo, Riverton, Roy, Sandy, South Jordan, Spanish Fork, Springville, St. George, Taylorsville, West Jordan, West Valley City, and other communities across Utah.

If you, your son or daughter, your spouse, your boyfriend or girlfriend, your mother or father, your sibling, or another loved one has been accused of committing a crime, skilled and strategic representation is imperative.  For a free legal consultation, contact Utah criminal lawyer Darwin Overson immediately at (801) 758-2287.


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