Parties accused of violent crimes in Utah have right to defense

When criminal charges are leveled against a person, that individual has multiple options on how he or she would like to proceed. The specific allegations can play a role in the decisions that an accused party may make, and individuals may wish to take allegations of violent crimes, especially murder, more seriously than minor infractions. Each case has unique elements that could impact outcomes.

One man in Utah is likely exploring his legal options after recently being taken into custody. Apparently, police arrived at a residence at approximately 2 a.m. after an alleged shooting took place. A group of people had reportedly been in the backyard of the property consuming alcohol, and two of the men in the group suffered gunshot wounds. A 35-year-old man suffered multiple wounds and died as a result, and another individual had a single wound.

The 36-year-old man was taken into custody after he allegedly surrendered. However, he did not wish to provide additional information about the incident to police until he had obtained legal representation, as is his right. It was also noted that witnesses to the event did not wish to give details either. However, at the time of the report, the man had been charged with murder.

As authorities investigate the incident, the man will certainly want to determine his best legal avenues for moving forward. He has the right to create and present a criminal defense against the violent crimes allegations that have been brought against him if he wishes to do so. Other Utah residents in similar predicaments may wish to speak with experienced legal counsel to find out more on their defense options.

Source:, “Police identify suspect, victim in fatal West Valley City shooting“, Lauren Handley, July 9, 2017

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