Utah Unlawful Detention Attorneys Criminal Defense

A charge for "Unlawful detention" here in Utah involves allegations that an individual has been held against their will, without the authority of law, for a brief time.
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Utah Unlawful Detention Attorneys – Criminal Defense

Unlawful Detention

A charge for “Unlawful detention” here in Utah involves allegations that an individual has been held against their will, without the authority of law, for a brief time. Under Utah Law, unlawful detention is a class B misdemeanor; however, if the victim is injured or the defendant threatens, uses, or just possesses a weapon, the charge can become an aggravated felony charge. Canyons Law Group is a Utah criminal defense team that has extensive experience defending felony and misdemeanor cases, including; unlawful detention, kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping, and child kidnapping. Contact us today for your initial consultation.

Elements of an Unlawful Detention Charge in Utah

Utah Code 76-5-304 details the elements of a criminal charge for unlawful detention. This charge requires proof that an individual “knowingly and intentionally” detained or restrained a person, not constituting a violation of one of Utah’s kidnapping statutes. A difference between charges of unlawful detention and kidnapping is based on how long the person was detained. A kidnapping charge requires proof that the detention persisted for a “substantial” time. (Please note that an aggravated kidnapping charge can be filed even in cases where the detention was brief but injuries were inflicted, weapons were used, or other factors are met.)

Unlawful detention of a minor requires proof of different specific elements. This charge does not require proof that the minor was physically restrained or detained. Instead, unlawful detention of a minor can be charged if the person “coerces or exerts influence over the victim with the intent to cause the victim to remain with the actor for an unreasonable time under the circumstances.” Also, a person charged with unlawful detention of a minor must be at least four years older than the victim.


Team-Driven Defense Strategy

The criminal defense team at Canyons Law Group include former prosecutors and seasoned defense attorneys who have defended or prosecuted the most serious crimes on the books in Utah. Aggravated felony charges including homicide, robbery, kidnapping, and more are among the many cases our attorneys have successfully defended. Our criminal attorneys also have extensive experience in the Utah district court and justice court systems and have also worked in federal and military courts.

Experience & Knowledge

Our criminal defense team has the experience, knowledge, and determination to handle the most serious charges you may face. But even lower-level criminal charges in Utah can have serious consequences. A single misdemeanor conviction can cause you to lose your job, lose your driver license, or lose your right to carry or use a firearm, A criminal conviction can make it more difficult to rent an apartment or obtain a mortgage loan. A criminal charge can affect your education and student financial aid. And the effects of conviction can last long after you may have completed probation or otherwise satisfied any obligations to the court.

Case Collaboration

When you hire a criminal defense attorney from the Canyons Law Group, you get more than just an attorney. You get the combined experience of our whole legal team. Our attorneys take pride in working closely with each client, taking the time to understand each client’s needs and goals for the case, and developing a strategy intended to achieve the best result possible for each client. We also employ a team approach, assigning attorneys who may have experience on a particular type of case or issue who can provide advice or assistance in specialized areas.We often collaborate with investigators and other professionals as needed to work toward the best result possible. 

No matter what kind of criminal charge you are facing and no matter what level the offense may be, it can be critical to have the best advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney before you talk to police, before you go to court, and before you make any decisions or take action on the case. The criminal defense team at the Canyons Law Group is here to help.

Contact Your Utah Criminal Defense Team

Each criminal defense case in Utah is unique, not just because the facts of each case may be different but also because each defense client has a unique set of circumstances, needs, and goals. We conduct a full legal analysis of your case and take the time needed to understand what you need from the case. We then work together with you and as a complete criminal defense team to create a strategy intended to best accomplish your goals.

Make sure that your rights are protected. Learn more about our criminal defense team online, or contact the Canyons Law Group today to see what the right criminal defense attorney and the right legal team can do for you.


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