Drug Crimes

Bugden & Isaacson, LLC represents criminal defendants in a variety of state and federal matters throughout the state of Utah, including a broad range of drug crimes.  Our attorneys have extensive experience successfully handling cases involving all of the following drug offenses:

  • Sales
  • Possession
  • Distribution
  • Cultivation

Additionally, Bugden & Isaacson has represented clients from out-of-state who have been charged with drug trafficking in Utah.

Penalties for drug offenses vary widely depending on the facts of the case and whether the charges are brought in state or federal court.  Federal mandatory minimum sentences can dictate lengthy prison terms for certain drug crimes.  Anyone charged with any type of drug crime needs an experienced criminal defense attorney to ensure their legal rights are protected.

During the past two years, there has been a dramatic increase in drug interdiction efforts by the Utah Highway Patrol.  Drivers with out of state license plates will frequently be stopped for minor traffic violations and then Troopers will look for drugs in the vehicle.  It is not uncommon now for Troopers to patrol with drug detection dogs in their vehicle.  We have represented individuals from all over the country who have been stopped in Utah and charged with a drug offense.  Fortunately, these stops are usually captured on camera so we can challenge the legality of the stop or the search.

The key in defending drug cases is challenging the legality of the stop or search.  For example, in 2009, Ms. Isaacson represented a defendant who was in a home when a search warrant was executed.  She was able to successfully suppress the evidence against her client and get the felony drug charge dismissed by arguing that the officer did not have a legal basis to search her client.  Although there was a warrant for the residence, her client was not named in the warrant and he did not consent to a search of his person.  The judge dismissed all charges against her client.

At Bugden & Isaacson, we work tirelessly to protect our clients' rights, including demanding that constitutional provisions be observed and respected at every stage of the criminal proceedings.  A common issue in cases involving drug crimes concerns whether there was an unlawful search or seizure that led to the discovery of incriminating evidence.  Sometimes the prosecution's only evidence against the defendant is drugs that were confiscated in an illegal search or seizure.  Consequently, our attorneys have been able to successfully exclude incriminating evidence from trial in many cases, often resulting in a complete dismissal of the case.

Our lawyers have developed a reputation for providing outstanding trial advocacy for criminal defendants in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah.  We conduct our own thorough investigation of every case, and work closely with clients to help them understand their options and strategize for success.  To learn more, contact Bugden & Isaacson, LLC today at (801) 467-1700.


445 East 200 South, Suite 150  ·  Salt Lake City UT 84111  ·  801.467.1700

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