Law Offices of Jonathan R. Bunn 1680 Highway 40 Suite 105 Vernal, Utah 84078 Call (435)714-6500
If you have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor or infraction, call (435)714-6500 for a free, no obligation, consultation.
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, or, if you think that you are being investigated for a crime, the first (and only) person you should talk with is an attorney. Criminal charges should not be taken lightly. The consequences of criminal charges can be both financially and emotionally devastating. Depending on how serious the charges are, they can impact your job, your driver's license and even your freedom. Even the conviction of an infraction (no jail) can have consequences. Conviction of a felony or Class A, B or C misdemeanor can result in jail or prison.
What can you expect when you meet with me? First, I'd like you to bring any documents related to the charges that you have. For an infraction and some misdemeanors, this would be the citation. For a felony and some more serious misdemeanors, it should be the information (defendant's name and statement of the alleged crimes) if you have it along with an arrest warrant if one was issued. If you have any documents related to the charges, incarceration or bail, you should bring them to your first meeting with me. The dates that you are required to appear in court should be in those documents. With some citations, you will have to call to find out your first appearance date.
I'll be interested in your background (education, employment, marital status, etc.) including any prior criminal background. We will discuss the charges against you along with the events that proceeded those charges. That includes where you were and what you were doing prior to an investigatory stop or arrest. I will hope to hear from you that you did not discuss anything with law enforcement and that the first and only person hearing your side of the story is me.
We will discuss defenses that may be available to you based upon your description of the investigatory stop, arrest and custody. We will discuss the elements that the State of Utah would be required to prove to obtain a conviction of the offense charged and the defenses available to you based upon those charges. We will discuss the potential penalties which could result from those charges. We will also consider whether the charges are subject to pre-trial diversion or a plea in abeyance or other diversionary method to avoid confronting the charges. Finally, we will discuss your reasonable expectations of a favorable outcome.
Most people are aware of the, "Miranda Warning." Under the U.S. Supreme Court case of Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), a law enforcement officer who has you in custody is required to advise you of your 5th Amendment right against compelled self-incrimination. Typically, the warning is stated as follows: "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you by the court. With these rights in mind, are you willing to talk to me about the charges against you?" The answer that to that question should be, "No." I want to talk to a lawyer.
Call (435)714-6500 for an absolutely no cost, no obligation consultation!