Criminal Defense

If you have recently been arrested, or charged with a crime, DO NOT PLEAD GUILTY until you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you are in this situation trying to decide what to do, do not hesitate to contact our Utah criminal team.

Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer might be one of the most important decisions you make in your life. The outcome will have a major impact on you, and your family. Depending on the severity of the crime, it may even prevent you from getting a job or doing the things in life you have always wanted.

At Helgesen, Houtz & Jones, we have built a reputation for aggressively defending those accused of crimes and getting favorable results. It is important to understand that you are innocent until proven guilty (even if you are guilty). We have worked with hundreds of people in similar situations as you. We are here to help you. Please give us a call at 801-544-5306, schedule a free consult online by clicking here, or ask us for our help in the contact form below.

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Criminal Defense

You have been charged with a crime, now what?

It is important to understand that you are innocent until you are proven guilty. If you plead your innocence, you will be treated and defended as innocent. Do not plead guilty to a charge (even if you committed it) until you have consulted with one of our criminal defense attorneys. We offer a free consultation to help you understand all of your legal options before deciding to work with us.

Do you need to hire an attorney?

You can proceed with a criminal charge without the help of an attorney, but this is not recommended.
Facing a criminal conviction can be life changing. If you have been arrested and accused of committing a crime, your life and your freedom are at risk. A criminal conviction will make an impact on the jobs you are eligible for, schools you can attend, and much more.
Choosing the right Utah criminal defense attorney and legal team to represent you in your case might be one of the most important decisions you make in your life.

What can our criminal defense team do for you?

Every criminal case is very unique which makes it almost impossible for even the most intelligent person to represent themselves in a criminal case. Our experienced criminal defense team will be able to identify factors involved in your case, and possible arguments that can reduce or even negate your charges.

After we are retained as your attorney, we will attempt to negotiate your case with the prosecutor before going to trial. The prosecutor is usually less willing to meet and negotiate with defendants that do not have legal representation.

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What charges can a criminal defense attorney help with?

You might not have broken any laws or committed any crimes– even if you have been charged or accused of doing so. In some cases, there is not sufficient evidence to convict you of a crime. It is our job as attorneys to make the prosecuting side prove their case.
You will be able to work with our criminal defense team that understands what it takes to defend your innocence. Our law firm has been successful in defending clients facing criminal charges for more than 30 years, including winning acquittals in murder, rape and kidnapping criminal cases in Utah.

We can help represent you with, but not limited to, the following charges:

  • Aggravated Burglary
  • Arson
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges
  • DUI’s
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Murder
  • Perjury
  • Possessions of a controlled substance
  • Protective Orders
  • Rape
  • Reckless Driving
  • Robbery

Do you need help from a criminal law attorney?

Our experienced Utah criminal defense team will help you get your life back

Meet Our Criminal Team

Craig P. Helgesen

Criminal Attorney

Kurt M. Helgesen

Criminal Attorney


Criminal Paralegal


Criminal Paralegal

What do we mean by free criminal consultation?

Being charged with a crime can be a very stressful experience. BEFORE deciding to work with us, you will have a chance to meet with us, get to know us personally, hear your legal options, and understand the costs involved with your criminal case.

Criminal consultations are 30 minutes

In your consultation we will:

Review your situation

Describe your options

Explain all of the costs before you hire us

Tell you the truth

Answer all of your questions

Why should you work with our criminal defense team?

Great Results

We know that people make mistakes. Don’t let one mistake ruin the rest of your life. We will work around the clock to ensure we do all we can to keep your criminal record as clean as possible.

Client Relationships

We value your trust, and your relationship with us. We understand that the process can be emotionally draining, and we are here for you every step of the way.

Excellent Communication

Communicating with you throughout the process is very important to us. We will keep you informed and answer your questions as your case progresses.

Reasonable Fees

We care about you, and want the best for you. We keep our fees as low as possible so that you may get the help you need without putting an unnecessary strain on your family. We will give the best service for the lowest possible price.

Experienced Attorneys

Our criminal defense team at HH&J has helped thousands of people similar to you. We have worked with a wide variety of people, seen many different situations, and know what it takes to get you the results you are looking for.

Top Rated Law Firm

Helgesen, Houtz & Jones has an “Av” peer-review rating*, the highest rating a law firm can earn for legal ability and ethics. This high honor puts Helgesen, Houtz & Jones in the top 5% of law firms in the United States.

Let's get in touch

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Our office location in Layton, Davis County, Utah

Phone Number

(801) 544-5306

Email Address


1513 N. Hill FIeld Road, Suite 3, Layton, Utah 84041

Helgesen, Houtz & Jones

Our lawyers also serve the following areas across the state of Utah: Davis County, Morgan County, Weber County, Salt Lake County, Bountiful, Centerville, Clearfield, Clinton, East Layton, Eden, Farmington, Farr West, Fruit Heights, Harrisville, Hooper, Huntsville, Kaysville, Layton, Morgan, Mountain Green, Near me, North Ogden North Salt Lake, Ogden, Plain City, Pleasant View, Riverdale, Roy, South Ogden, South Weber, Syracuse, Uintah, Washington Terrace, West Bountiful, West Haven, West Kaysville, West Point, Woods Cross, and anyone else who desires to travel to Layton for legal services.