About Utah Domestic Violence
Domestic violence in Utah occurs when a cohabitant commits a criminal offense that involves violence (or the threat of violence) or physical harm (or the threat of physical harm). Domestic violence also occurs when one person makes an attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit a criminal offense involving physical harm or violence against another person living in the home or an intimate partner. Domestic violence can include harassment, assault or aggravated assault, sexual offenses, stalking, and more.
Under Utah law, “cohabitants” include spouses or former spouses, couples in relationships that resemble a marriage, those who live together (or have lived together), those related by blood or marriage, or those who share children. A cohabitant must be over the age of 16 or must have been declared an emancipated minor. If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is imperative that you contact a skilled West Jordan domestic violence defense lawyer from Conyers & Nix to protect your rights and your future.
Why Choose a West Jordan Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer from Conyers & Nix?
When you are facing domestic violence charges, the attorney you choose matters. Choosing the right attorney could be the most critical thing you can do when facing such serious charges. At Conyers & Nix, we fight for better results. This means we don’t accept first offers –we use creative legal strategies that many other lawyers may not think of.
Because both Kate Conyers and Jesse Nix began their careers as public defenders, they’ve handled more cases than most private attorneys due to the large public defender caseloads. They’ve spent considerable time in courtrooms, had more facetime with judges, more experience with prosecutors, and more jury trials.
Judges know and respect Kate and Jesse and treat their clients better. When you hire Conyers & Nix, you are hiring both of us—two highly experienced attorneys put the odds of a better outcome in your favor. When facing domestic violence charges, these are essential considerations. We are ready to discuss your charges today.
West Jordan, Utah
With a population of approximately 117,000, West Jordan is most well-known for the Kennecott Copper Mine—the world’s largest man-made excavation. The mine is located at the eastern foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains and was founded in 1903. The operation is so immense it can be seen from space and has produced 20 million tons of refined copper ore over the past 119 years. Kennecott remains one of the top-performing mines in the entire world, providing more wealth for the state of Utah than any other company. West Jordan is the third most populous city in Utah and is growing quickly. With an elevation of 4,330 feet, the limits of West Jordan begin on the river’s western bank, ending at Kennecott Copper Mine.
The city has four major retail centers, including Jordan Landing. West Jordan residents live as most residents in the United States, working, going to school, and raising families.
Can a Domestic Violence Case Get Dismissed?
When the dust clears and emotions calm, the alleged domestic violence victim may tell law enforcement they no longer wish to press charges against the defendant. However, this is not the alleged victim’s decision to make. Defendants are criminally charged by the state, not by the victim. Once the defendant has been criminally charged and the case has been set in motion, the alleged victim cannot stop the process.
That being said, because the victim is often the main witness of the case, it will be much harder to secure a conviction without their testimony. The case will ultimately come down to whether the police have enough evidence to convict the defendant at trial. If, however, your attorney can find mistakes made by the police when you were arrested or holes in the prosecutor’s case, then your charges could be dropped or reduced to a lesser charge. If you have been charged with domestic violence, contact the attorneys at Conyers & Nix. We are ready to help you through this difficult time in the best way possible.
How Serious Are Domestic Violence Charges?
The facts and circumstances of your West Jordan domestic violence charges will determine the penalties you are facing. Because potentially any crime committed against a cohabitant can be charged as domestic violence, the penalties can vary widely.
How a West Jordan Domestic Violence Defense Attorney from Conyers & Nix Can Help
At Conyers & Nix, we will take the time to listen to you as you tell us the facts of the allegation and your arrest. We will then consider all your potential options, explaining them to you comprehensively yet understandably. We never judge you because we strongly believe that no one should be judged based on their worst day. Don’t face charges of domestic violence on your own. Contact an experienced West Jordan domestic violence defense lawyer from Conyers & Nix.