Greg Smith and Associates, Criminal Defense Attorneys

Salt Lake City (Murray) - Orem - Richfield
Free Consultation  :  Nights & Weekends  :  Easy Payments

801.651.1512  -  24/7

Free Consultation 24/7

801.651.1512

We Can Help You Now

Call 801-651-1512   Call Now 24/7 Free Consultation: 24/7, nights & weekends
No Retainer - Easy Payments!*

Use our secure private form

I have read the disclaimer.

Feedback From Satisfied Clients

"The domestic violence and DUI crimes that I was charged with would have ruined my career. Thank you for saving me! You are worth every penny I paid you."

More Testimonials >

Avvo Clients' Choice Award. 5 Stars
5 Star Rating


   Review Us On Google

Office Locations

Salt Lake City Office
111 E. 5600 S. #105
Murray, UT 84107

Telephone: 801-651-1512
Fax: 801-255-2134
Salt Lake City Law Office Map

Orem Office
887 West Center Street
Orem, UT 84057

Telephone: 385-775-8252
Orem Law Office Map

Richfield Office
167 North Main Street
Richfield, UT 84701

Telephone: 435-633-5918
Richfield Law Office Map

View Our Office Locations



Court Motions

Motion or Petition to Reduce Charges

A motion is a request made to a judge. A court motion can be made before a trial, during a trial or after a trial. They can be made verbally during a trial, like you see on court TV shows, or they can be made in writing.

Court Motions Before Trial

Motions are extremely important in defining a criminal case. It's one of the first things your defense attorney will review: which motions he or she can bring to improve your situation. Your attorney may be able to get your case dismissed altogether with a "motion to dismiss complaint." He or she may ask the judge to modify your bail downward with a "motion to modify bail."

Court Motions Relating to Charges

To understand the charges against you, your attorney may file a "motion for bill of particulars" to request that the judge require the prosecutor to detail the charges and the reason behind them. If the prosecutor has an informant, your attorney can "motion to disclose the identity of an informant" so that person's motives can be called into question.

Once this information is known, your lawyer may make a "motion to reduce charges" because he or she believes that the charges being brought against you are too severe. For example, your attorney may ask for a case to be charged as a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

If a conviction on prior criminal charges could cause you to face enhanced penalties, your lawyer may "motion to strike a prior conviction" from the record so that conviction is not considered during the sentencing phase.

Court Motions Regarding Evidence

A "motion for discovery" is a formal request for the prosecution to turn over all evidence. And a "motion to preserve evidence" forces the prosecutor to preserve evidence until your defense attorney can evaluate it.

A "motion to suppress evidence" may be critical to your defense if the police obtained evidence illegally. If the prosecutor finds a way to introduce that inadmissible evidence, the judge will order a "motion to strike testimony from the record." The jurors are not to consider that evidence in their decision-making. If the prosecution shouts out inadmissible evidence or testimony, the judge will order a motion to strike testimony, which essentially orders jurors to forget what they just heard.

If enough evidence is suppressed, there may not be cause to bring a criminal charge against you, in which case your lawyer will "motion for dismissal" because the prosecution has failed to prove your guilt.

Post-Trial Court Motions

If the jury returns a guilty verdict, your defense attorney can file a motion asking the judge to overturn the jury's verdict. This motion is rarely granted. A defense attorney can also motion for a new trial or motion to appeal a conviction.

Contact Our Utah Criminal Law Attorneys

Since 1993, the criminal defense attorneys at Greg Smith and Associates have been fighting to protect the rights of people accused of crimes in Salt Lake City and surrounding communities in Utah.

Our lead attorneys have prosecutorial experience, and one was even a police officer trainer. Whether you are facing a first-time charge of drug possession or could face prison time for murder, we are prepared to take your case as far as it can go. We have experience in state and federal courts and in Utah appeals courts.

Contact a Utah criminal law attorney at Greg Smith and Associates to schedule a free initial consultation at our West Jordan or Park City law office. You can call us any time at 801-651-1512, even on holidays.

Free Consultations • 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week

Clients with disabilities or impairments
Access to our office is available to clients and their family members at all times. Special equipment and communication devices are available upon request for our clients with visual, hearing, speech and physical impairment. In addition, arrangements can be made for verbal or sign language interpreters if needed to communicate between our attorneys and the client and family. Please notify our law office if any additional accommodations related to your disability or impairment are necessary to make your consultation more comfortable.

I understand that I am contacting a corporation, not an individual, and that if I do business with the law firm, it will be with that corporation, not any individual(s). I understand that Greg Smith and Associates is not the legal name of the law firm, rather, it is "Aafordable Legal Advocates, PC." I also understand that whatever may relate to, or arise out of, any communication with the law firm, which results in any type of legal action, such must be brought in the Third District Court of Utah, West Jordan Department, and that this is mandatory not permissive.

We Can Help You Now

Call 801-651-1512   Call Now 24/7 Free Consultation: 24/7, nights & weekends
No Retainer - Easy Payments!*

Use our secure private form

I have read the disclaimer.

Feedback From Satisfied Clients

"The domestic violence and DUI crimes that I was charged with would have ruined my career. Thank you for saving me! You are worth every penny I paid you."

More Testimonials >

Avvo Clients' Choice Award. 5 Stars
5 Star Rating


   Review Us On Google

Office Locations

Salt Lake City Office
111 E. 5600 S. #105
Murray, UT 84107

Telephone: 801-651-1512
Fax: 801-255-2134
Salt Lake City Law Office Map

Orem Office
887 West Center Street
Orem, UT 84057

Telephone: 385-775-8252
Orem Law Office Map

Richfield Office
167 North Main Street
Richfield, UT 84701

Telephone: 435-633-5918
Richfield Law Office Map

View Our Office Locations




Greg Smith and Associates, Criminal Law Attorneys, located in Salt Lake City (SLC), also represents clients from communities such as Provo, Orem, Ogden, Park City, Sandy, Draper, West Valley City, Bountiful, Murray, West Jordan, Taylorsville, Farmington, Alta, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Murray, Riverton, Sandy, South Jordan, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, West Jordan, West Valley City and Richfield; and counties including Salt Lake County, Sevier County and Davis County, Utah.

No Retainer - Easy Payments. *Call for details.


© 2017 by Greg Smith and Associates. All rights reserved.     Disclaimer  |  Site Map  |  Privacy Policy

Disclaimer

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.

The user and reader of this information should beware because although we strive to keep the information timely and accurate, there will often be a delay between official publication of the materials and their appearance in or modification of this system, and every case must be looked at individually. Thus, we make no express or implied guarantees that the information on this site is correct, and it should not be relied upon. The Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations remain the official sources for regulatory information published by the Department of Labor, and before you do anything, you should consult an attorney, who can review the specifics of your matter. We will make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention, but laws and regulations are constantly changing, and we may at times even misinterpret them.

×