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Assault on Police Officer

Assault is defined under Utah Code § 76-5-102(1)as an attempt, with unlawful force or violence, to do bodily injury to another person, or, an act, committed with unlawful force or violence, that causes bodily injury to another or creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another person. When the alleged victim of an assault is a peace officer or a military service member in uniform, the alleged offender can face enhanced criminal charges.

When a person is accused of committing assault on a peace officer or a military service member, prosecutors will aggressively pursue maximum punishments. Convictions carry steep consequences that may involve mandatory minimum jail sentences for alleged offenders who have been previously convicted of this crime.

Attorney for Assault on Police Officer Crimes in Salt Lake City, UT

Were you recently arrested in Utah for an alleged assault on a peace officer or a military service member in uniform? Do not say anything to authorities without legal counsel. Levitt Legal, PLLC can fight to protect your rights.

Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer Darren Levitt defends clients all over Salt Lake County, Weber County, Davis County, Tooele County, Summit County, Box Elder County, Cache County, Utah County, Wasatch County, and Morgan County. He can review your case and discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (801) 455-1743 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


Utah Assault on Police Officer Offenses Information Center


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Assault on Police Officer Charges in Salt Lake County

Under Utah Code § 76-5-102.4(1), a military service member in uniform is defined as either:

  • a member of any branch of the United States military who is wearing a uniform as authorized by the member's branch of service; or
  • a member of the National Guard serving as provided in Utah Code § 39-1-5 (Governor may call guard into active service) or Utah Code § 39-1-9 (National Guard subject to call by United States).

Peace officer means a law enforcement officer certified under Utah Code § 53-13-103, which defines a law enforcement officer as “a sworn and certified peace officer who is an employee of a law enforcement agency that is part of or administered by the state or any of its political subdivisions, and whose primary and principal duties consist of the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of criminal statutes or ordinances of this state or any of its political subdivisions.” The term law enforcement officer includes:

  • any sheriff or deputy sheriff, chief of police, police officer, or marshal of any county, city, or town;
  • the commissioner of public safety and any member of the Department of Public Safety certified as a peace officer;
  • all persons specified in Utah Code § 23-20-1.5 (Powers of law enforcement) and Utah Code § 79-4-501 (Peace officer authority of park rangers);
  • any police officer employed by any college or university;
  • investigators for the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division;
  • investigators for the Department of Insurance, Fraud Division;
  • special agents or investigators employed by the attorney general, district attorneys, and county attorneys;
  • employees of the Department of Natural Resources designated as peace officers by law;
  • school district police officers as designated by the board of education for the school district;
  • the executive director of the Department of Corrections and any correctional enforcement or investigative officer designated by the executive director and approved by the commissioner of public safety and certified by the division;
  • correctional enforcement, investigative, or adult probation and parole officers employed by the Department of Corrections serving on or before July 1, 1993;
  • members of a law enforcement agency established by a private college or university provided that the college or university has been certified by the commissioner of public safety according to rules of the Department of Public Safety;
  • airport police officers of any airport owned or operated by the state or any of its political subdivisions; and
  • transit police officers designated under Utah Code § 17B-2a-822 (Multicounty districts relating to the Public Transit District Act).

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Assault on Police Officer Penalties in Salt Lake City

Utah Code § 76-5-102.4(2) classifies assault against a peace officer or a military service member in uniform as a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500 when an alleged offender either:

  • assaults a peace officer, with knowledge that the person is a peace officer, and when the peace officer is acting within the scope of authority as a peace officer; or
  • assaults a military service member in uniform when that servicemember is on orders and acting within the scope of authority granted to the military service member in uniform.

Under Utah Code § 76-5-102.4(3), assault against a peace officer or a military service member in uniform becomes a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 if the alleged offender either:

  • has been previously convicted of a class A misdemeanor or a felony violation of this section; or
  • the person causes substantial bodily injury.

Utah Code § 76-5-102.4(4) establishes assault against a peace officer or a military service member in uniform as a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000 if the alleged offender used either:

  • a dangerous weapon (defined in Utah Code § 76-1-601 as any item capable of causing death or serious bodily injury or a facsimile or representation of the item, if the alleged offender’s use or apparent intended use of the item leads the alleged victim to reasonably believe the item is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury or the alleged offender represents to the alleged victim verbally or in any other manner that he or she is in control of such an item); or
  • other means or force likely to produce death or serious bodily injury.

It is important to note that convictions for second offenses of assault against a peace officer or a military service member are punishable by a mandatory minimum of 90 consecutive days in jail or another correctional facility, while third or subsequent offenses are punishable by a mandatory minimum of 180 consecutive days in jail or another correctional facility.


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Utah Resources for Assault on Police Officer Arrests

Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) — Visit this website to learn more about the police department in Salt Lake City. You can access all types of information, including a crime reports map, crime statistics, and answers to frequently asked questions. You can also download various forms and fill out an online police report.

Salt Lake City Police Department
475 S. 300 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 799-3000

Camp Williams | Utah National Guard — Camp W. G. Williams, more commonly known as Camp Williams, is the National Guard training site operated by the Utah National Guard. Visit this website to learn more about the National Guard and some of the tenant organizations. You can also find various information about training support and reservations.

Utah Training Center
17800 South Camp Williams Rd.
Bluffdale, UT 84065
(801) 878-5400


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Levitt Legal, PLLC | Salt Lake City Assault on Police Officer Defense Lawyer

If you were recently arrested for allegedly committing an assault against a peace officer or a military servicemember in uniform in Utah, it will be in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Levitt Legal, PLLC represents clients accused of violent crimes in Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, West Valley City, West Jordan, Draper, Riverton, Murray, Taylorsville, South Jordan, and several surrounding areas of Salt Lake County.

Darren Levitt is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Salt Lake City who will work tirelessly to achieve the most favorable outcome to your case and possibly get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call (801) 455-1743 or submit an online contact form to take advantage of a free initial consultation that will let our lawyer provide a complete evaluation of your case.


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