With more than 40 attorneys and legal professionals and more than three decades of practicing law Richards Brandt has experience across a broad range of legal practice areas. Our Criminal Defense and Government Investigations attorneys have a proven track record of protecting and defending Utah’s residents and visitors.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Utah

On average, a crime is reported every 5.83 minutes in the State of Utah. Although your situation is unique to you, our job is to ensure the laws are applied fairly and your freedoms are protected.

The criminal defense attorneys at Richards Brandt have a proven track record, having handled more than 5000 criminal cases. This experience is critical in protecting your rights, however there is more to these legal procedures. We are dedicated to helping you understand the process, deal with the toll it takes on you, your family and business, and create the best defense possible.

We have obtained dismissals or not guilty verdicts in all types of cases including:

  • Criminal Homicide
  • Rape
  • Aggravated Sex Abuse Of A Child
  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Various Types Of Thefts
  • Aggravated Assault
  • DUI
  • Domestic Violence Charges

Sometimes, criminal charges come with collateral consequences. Our Utah-based team of criminal defense attorneys are ready to assist you in all legal aspects of your personal and professional life. Our law firm can work to protect your family, your assets, your business, and your career. We’ll also work to help you avoid penalties associated with your right to vote, your right to carry a firearm or possess ammunition, and your ability to travel.

Drug Crimes

Your Fourth Amendment rights are important. The 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. However, it does not guarantee against all searches and seizures — only those that are deemed unreasonable under the law. We will protect your Fourth Amendment rights.

It is important to hire criminal defense representation that you can count on, if you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony drug charges, we will quickly begin addressing your case. We may be able to have your charges dropped or reduced, or have your sentence reduced or altered.

Our attorneys’ knowledge of state and federal laws, coupled with our experience defending those who have been accused of illegal possession of a controlled or illegal substance, is evident by our record of success.

  • Distributing Drugs
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Possession
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Possessing Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession with Intent to Sell
  • Selling Drugs
  • Controlled Substances
  • Sharing and/or Selling Prescription Drugs


DUI & Possession

A conviction of DUI in Utah requires suspension of your license and a minimum mandatory jail sentence. Our criminal defense attorneys have over 20 years of experience defending individuals charged with DUI in Utah. We start first with defending your license in front of the state agency (Drivers License Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles). We then carefully craft your defense against any criminal charges. Because DUI is enhanceable, contact us as soon as you are charged so we can protect your rights.

Driving Under The Influence of Alcohol and\or Drugs, or “DUI,” is codified at Utah Code section 41-6a-502. See Utah Code Ann. § 41-6a-502

Prescription Fraud

In Utah, prescription fraud is becoming a target for state and federal prosecutions. Prescription fraud is punishable similarly to illegal street drugs. Our resources and legal counsel will help you avoid jail time, if possible, and prepare the strongest possible case in your defense.

Sex Abuse and Rape

Very few charges could pose such a negative impact on your future as sexual assault allegations. Sadly, sexual assault allegations are sometimes based on malicious accusations, causing the defendant to face a lifetime of stigma and discrimination. We offer a thorough investigation into the claims made against you. Often investigators are able to uncover information that will build a strong defense and ultimately lead to the dismissal of charges.

In Utah and under federal law, most convictions for sex-related charges result in being registered as a sex offender on public sex offender registration lists. We will work with you to address the prosecution’s recommendations for sentencing.

Aggravated Assault

Our experienced defense attorneys have received not guilty verdicts and dismissals for our clients charged with aggravated assault. Often times, building a defense to aggravated assault charges requires early action and investigation. Retaining a criminal defense attorney quickly can make all the difference in securing witness statements and gathering important evidence.


When faced with theft-related criminal charges, we take your situation very seriously, both misdemeanor and felony theft charges are heavily prosecuted in Utah. You can expect prosecutors will seek the toughest penalties available under the law. If you have been arrested and charged with a theft crime, you could lose your assets, your rights, and possibly your freedom if you haven’t secured proper legal representation.

Theft charges are enhanceable. This means that being charged with a minor theft (under $100) can result in being charged with a felony.

Domestic Violence

Utah is tough on domestic violence. Domestic violence is one crime that strikes at the heart of a jury. There are many ways to defend charges of domestic violence and we have the experience to protect your rights. A conviction for a domestic violence related crime could impact your right to hunt or possess weapons and firearms in the future.

Homicide, Manslaughter, & Reckless Endangerment

We have taken multiple cases to a jury, many involving murder, homicide, manslaughter, and reckless endangerment. The serious nature of these charges requires an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our law firm has worked hard for our clients throughout the trial process, as well as for those clients wrongfully convicted.

Additionally, our law firm is experienced in the criminal appeals and post-conviction process. We have vigorously represented pursuits to correct wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice. From murder to robbery, our firm’s post-conviction efforts have resulted in the release of innocent citizens by obtaining confessions from perpetrators and affidavit from state informants recanting false testimony.

Our firm is experience in correcting wrongful convictions and representing our clients throughout the appellate post conviction process.

Federal Firearm Violation

U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. 922 defines those who can and cannot possess firearms legally. A conviction for violating Chapter 44, Firearms, under Title 18, Crimes and Criminal Procedures, subjects a defendant to strict sentencing requirements. We have the experience and knowledge to defend you in federal court.

Burglary and Robbery

Burglary and robbery are theft crimes that may also be classified as violent criminal offenses. As opposed to shoplifting or other types of theft that involve no harm or weapons; violent crimes involve threats and/or direct contact with the victim, and forcibly taking another’s property or entering another’s home with the intent of committing theft or another criminal offense.

Many states impose heavier penalties when the offense involves the use of force or weapons. Imprisonment is the standard punishment for burglary. Under statutes in many states, the severity of the sentence is determined by the degree of the burglary. In Utah, both burglary and robbery are considered felony offenses. We have won numerous dismissals and not guilty verdicts for these types of charges.

Background Checks

In today’s job market, more and more employers are running background checks on current and potential employees. If you have misdemeanors or felonies on your record, let us review your case and determine what options you have to clear your name and avoid problems at work, as well as in your role as a coach or volunteer in your community. We will fight for your constitutional rights.

Grand Jury Preparation Services

Appearing before a federal Grand Jury can bring with it significant consequences that can include being charged criminally based on your testimony. Working with an attorney to prepare you for this process is important, this is one of the only times when your attorney is not allowed to be in the hearing with you. Instead, you have a right to have an attorney outside the Grand Jury room standing by for you.

If you receive a subpoena, call us as soon as possible to get the earliest start in preparing for the hearing.

Preparation of your testimony occurs well before you walk into the court. There is no room for mistakes in your testimony. Any false testimony is punishable under federal law. In practice, you face a higher chance of being indicted for inaccurate statements with a Grand Jury than you do for trial or deposition testimony.

White Collar Crime

Richards Brandt strives to address and conclude government investigations as efficiently and effectively as possible. However, when the need arises, our attorneys have the experience and skills necessary to defend our clients at trial and on appeal.

Being charged with a white collar crime in federal court means you are subject to federal sentencing guidelines and need an attorney with the experience necessary to prevent or mitigate the punishment that may occur if the client is convicted at trial or by plea bargain.

Whistle Blower

The first step in reviewing a whistleblower claim or request for protection is to determine what statutes or common law actions may provide remedy. A case may be covered under more than one whistleblower protection provision. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, Pub.L. 101-12 as amended, is a United States federal law that protects federal whistleblowers who work for the government and report agency misconduct. Employees of public and private companies may also be protected under state or federal laws resulting from retaliation for whistleblowing.

Internet Crimes

In any criminal case, it is the duty of prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the charges. A skilled criminal defense lawyer works to protect the Constitutional Rights of the accused through all phases of a case. All defenses and sentencing alternatives are explored.

Internet-related crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Utah by both the state and federal government. Most internet crimes involving sexual exploitation and the exploitation of children will require a defendant to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Internet crimes often involve multiple law enforcement agencies. Our team has the experience and knowledge to build your defense in these types of cases.


We have been successful in defending clients in Utah who are charged with fraud and fraud-related crimes. Tax fraud, securities fraud, welfare fraud, and workers compensation fraud are heavily prosecuted in Utah. Our attorneys have experience to help you avoid the serious consequences that come with convictions under these types of cases.


In most trials for arson, the prosecutor will call an arson investigator as an “expert” to testify to his/her opinion that a fire was deliberately set. In order to successfully defend against an arson charge at trial, it is crucial for the defense attorney to have experience in arson cases in order to effectively cross-examine the “expert.” In many cases, the opinion of the arson investigator is the only way the prosecutor can prove that a fire was arson. Our lawyers have both defended arson cases and acted as strategists in civil cases involving arson.

Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular Homicide (also known as vehicular manslaughter in the United States) is a crime that, in general, involves the death of an individual as a result of the negligent operation of a motor vehicle. We have successfully defended clients in Utah who are charged with vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and other traffic accidents resulting in death or serious bodily injury.

Our criminal defense attorneys and commercial vehicles attorneys work with independent drivers and companies who are involved in property damage and bodily injury cases.

Utah Probation Violations

At Richards Brandt, our criminal defense attorneys work with probation agencies to help defend you from real or perceived probation violations. Regardless of your previous defense and representation, we can defend you from allegations that you may have violated your probation.

Judges in Utah are known to impose jail time or the original prison sentence when a defendant is found in violation of his/her probation. You may have options under the law that will protect your future. We will evaluate your case and work with you to determine the best course of action.

Juvenile Offenses

Children are considered juveniles in they eyes of the court if they are 17 years of age or younger. Defending a juvenile requires knowledge of how laws are interpreted and applied in juvenile cases, as well as an understanding of children and their decision-making skills. If you are charged as a minor, arrested while a minor, or want the courts to consider your case in juvenile court because of mental or intellectual disability, we will review your case and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.