Jarvis & Associates, LLC is a criminal defense law firm located in Sandy, Utah. The firm serves clients in the surrounding area, as well as statewide, who have been charged in a criminal matter. Our team of skilled attorneys will provide you with the high-quality legal counsel you need to protect your rights. We are experienced negotiators and litigators with the experience in the courtroom to achieve the best resolution possible of your criminal matter.
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Jarvis & Associates has successfully defended clients in a wide range of criminal matters, ranging in severity from misdemeanors to complex felony cases. Our criminal defense practice regularly includes:
- Drug charges
- Weapons charges
- Violent crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Sex Crimes
- Child Abuse
- Property Crimes
- Traffic Offenses
- Pre-Filing Investigation
- Protective Orders
- Stalking Injunctions
Our team of skilled trial attorneys will work with you to understand every detail of your case. They will outline your options and help you thoroughly understand your rights.
At Jarvis & Associates, we know how high the stakes are in any criminal matter. That is why we are committed to making sure each of our clients receives the legal counsel he or she needs to aggressively protect their rights. The penalties of being convicted in a criminal matter, even a seemingly minor charge, can have long-lasting consequences that can negatively impact your ability to get a job, your finances, and your personal relationships—not to mention your freedom. Our attorneys provide comprehensive, personalized legal counsel that is tailored to your individual needs. We will take the time to carefully answer your questions and thoroughly explain your available options. Our attorneys and staff will always keep you up to date with any important developments in your case and will protect your rights both inside and outside the courtroom. Together, we will achieve the best resolution possible in your criminal matter, so that you can move forward.
What to Consider When Hiring a Defense Attorney
Sadly, criminal defense attorneys seem to be the brunt of the majority of lawyer jokes. However, not all defense attorneys are the same. Some defense attorneys promise the world, take your money, show up late to court, don’t return your phone calls, and pressure you to plead out your case despite your insistence of innocence. Other defense attorneys are professional and prepared. Here is a list of things to consider when making your choice as to who to hire.
1. Attorney’s Experience: How long has the attorney been practicing? Does the attorney have experience with the type of charge you’re facing? Has the attorney appeared in the court and before the Judge your case is assigned to? Does the attorney have an established relationship with the prosecuting attorney assigned to your case? Is the attorney knowledgeable of the Court’s alternative sentencing options? Does the attorney primarily practice criminal law?
2. Cost: Does the attorney bill at an hourly rate, or does the attorney charge a case-fee? Does the attorney offer a payment plan? Is the case-fee required to be paid in full prior to representation? If the attorney requires a retainer, what is the retainer amount? Are there additional costs for discovery/copies/etc? Does the attorney offer the use of private investigators, expert witnesses, or medical examinations? Are those services offered at an additional cost or are they part of your case fee? Are there additional costs to write motions on your behalf? Does the attorney charge for trials? Does the attorney charge for appeals?
3. Client Testimonials: Does the attorney have clients that will recommend them as an attorney? This is very important. No one knows how the attorney works better than previous clients who have hired the attorney in the past. What do prior clients have to say about the attorney? Was the attorney effective for them? Did the attorney fulfill the client’s expectations? Did the attorney return phone calls?
4. Availability: Is the attorney you’re looking to hire available on the date your case is scheduled for court? If your case is going to involve a trial, is the attorney too busy to prepare? Does the attorney have time to represent you professionally and promptly? Does the attorney have a large caseload? Will associates or other attorneys be appearing on behalf of the attorney you specifically hired?
5. Trial Practice v. Plea Bargaining: Is the attorney known for shying away from trials? Does the attorney typically plead-out in an effort to avoid trials? Is the attorney an effective negotiator, capable of obtaining a fair resolution on your behalf? Does the attorney have previous trial experience? Has the attorney been involved in teaching trials skills to other attorneys or police officers?
6. Work Ethic: Does the attorney seem generally interested in your case? Does the attorney work for a large firm where billable hours are required? Does the attorney have access to additional attorneys who can assist them with their legal analysis? Is the attorney overworked? Does the attorney have too many clients? Will the attorney leave the office to interview witnesses, conduct follow up investigations, or to visit the scene of the
crime? Does the attorney return phone calls? Will the attorney work after hours?
If you have been charged, or suspect you may be charged in a criminal matter, it is essential to have an experienced attorney on your side. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys have the necessary experience in the courtroom and the knowledge of the criminal justice system to aggressively protect your rights through every phase of your case. We are ready to answer your questions, explain your options, and protect your rights. Contact our Sandy office today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Utah criminal defense attorneys.