Utah Theft, Robbery and Burglary Defense


Individuals charged with theft, robbery, burglary, or related crimes in Utah face serious penalties. In Utah, these crimes are enhanceable, meaning that prior convictions can stack up and increase the penalties you may face. Attorney Jessica Peterson recognizes the importance of aggressively fighting a theft charge from its inception. A proactive and thorough defense is often all that stands between a defendant and incarceration, potentially for many years. 

Theft is an unlawful taking of property, of which there are many variations, including theft of a vehicle, theft of a firearm, and retail theft (shoplifting). Burglary involves a criminal trespass with the intent to commit another crime, often a theft. Robbery is theft by force or the threat of force. The penalty for these property crimes typically depends in part on the value of the property stolen.  As with every charge, attorney Jessica Peterson will want to hear from you about your case, because the individual facts of your case will be used to help challenge the prosecution's case against you. 

J. Peterson Law, PLLC represents individuals charged with Utah theft, robbery, burglary and other property crimes, including: 

  • Simple theft
  • Theft by deception
  • Theft by extortion
  • Retail theft/shoplifting
  • Theft of services
  • Theft of a motor vehicle
  • Theft of a firearm
  • Theft by receiving stolen property
  • Robbery 
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Burglary
  • Aggravated burglary
  • Vehicle burglary
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Criminal Mischief

A theft may be committed impulsively, but the damage from a conviction is long-lasting. In addition to the threat of jail or prison time, a theft, robbery or burglary conviction can cause job loss, inability to secure new employment, and permanent damage to relationships and reputations.

As a former Salt Lake Public Defender, attorney Jessica Peterson has defended thousands of criminal defendants against theft, robbery, burglary, and the wide spectrum of property crimes. She is deeply familiar with the elements of each offense and understands how to identify and exploit weaknesses in the prosecution's case. J. Peterson Law, PLLC serves Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas, including  Provo, Heber City, Tooele, and Park City. Contact our office at 435-339-9395 or via our online contact form.

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