Assaulting an officer refers to the crime of committing assault against a law enforcement officer or a military service member in uniform. In Salt Lake City and across Utah, as in most states, assaulting an officer is a serious offense, and a conviction carries stiff penalties. A first offense is punishable in Utah by up to a year in jail and $2,500 in fines. Assaulting an officer is a charge that is frequently added to a list of primary charges. In that case, the penalties will be added to any penalties resulting from any other related convictions.
A second assaulting an officer offense is considered a third degree felony in Utah and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines, in addition to the penalties for any related convictions. Facing such serious penalties can be quite frightening, but you can defend your life and your reputation from these charges. To do so, you need the help of a skilled, criminal defense attorney in Utah. If you have an officer assault charge, get the defense lawyer that will give you the best chance in the Utah justice system. An experienced lawyer will help you plan your best defense and make sure that your rights are protected.
Branson K. West is Salt Lake City, UT's winning criminal defense lawyer. Branson has worked thousands of assault cases in the SLC area and across Utah. If you are facing charges of assaulting an officer, you need a lawyer that will believe in you and fight to protect your rights. Branson has the talent and experience to help you fight and win your case. To schedule a free assaulting and officer defense consultation, call 801-285-5550.