Get a Utah Felony Conviction Off Your Record
The collateral consequences of being convicted of a felony are many and often harsh. Felons have a harder time obtaining employment. Felons are often excluded from education opportunities. There are so many negatives associated with having a felony on your record that it would take far more space than this blog will permit to outline them all. Let it be understood that being a felon is not a good thing.
Fortunately, in many cases we can change your status from a felon to a non-felon by filing a motion asking the court to reduce the degree of the offense by one or two degrees. That is, a third degree felony conviction can be changed to reflect a class A misdemeanor and sometimes even a class B misdemeanor. Similarly, a second degree felony can be lowered to a third degree felony and sometimes even to a class A misdemeanor.
Utah Criminal Code Allowances
Under Utah Code Section 76-3-402, if you were put on probation and successfully completed that probation, you may qualify for a reduction of the conviction by one and sometimes even two degrees. That’s an extremely important change in your status as you seek employment or other opportunities.
If my client wants to enter into a plea agreement with the state to resolve his or her case, I often make it a condition of the plea agreement that the prosecutor will stipulate to a reduction upon successful completion of probation. This makes the process of obtaining a reduction months or years later much easier because the state has essentially waived the right to object on any grounds if the defendant completed probation successfully.
If you have been convicted of a felony and think you may qualify for a reduction of your conviction, call our office and set up an appointment to discuss whether your situation qualifies you to remove “felon” from your status. As a Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer with over 14 years of trial experience, I can get that status turned around so you can be on the same ground as those you’re competing with for employment.