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salt lake legal defender association

Established in 1965, the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association is a nonprofit law firm organized to provide the highest quality representation to eligible individuals accused of crimes in Salt Lake County. Our office of dedicated lawyers, social service professionals, mitigation specialists, legal assistants, paralegals, investigators, and file processors work hard to protect the rights of our clients.

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The Salt Lake Legal Defender Association provides quality representation in preserving, protecting, and promoting our client’s rights in the criminal justice system. We represent indigent persons in all felony, misdemeanor, and specialized juvenile cases in the Third District Court and justice courts within Salt Lake County.

We are committed to the highest performance standards, ethical excellence, and client-centered advocacy. Most of all, the staff and attorneys at LDA work diligently to ensure that your constitutional rights are protected. We are truly honored to make the Sixth Amendment right to counsel a reality in Salt Lake County.

If an attorney from our office is appointed to represent you, please contact us so we can begin working on your case.


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Legal Practice Areas


Property Crimes

From retail theft to complex white collar crimes, our attorneys zealously represent individuals charged with property crimes.


Sex Offenses

We know how serious being accused of a sexual offense is. Whether you are looking for a trial or a beneficial resolution, our experienced and compassionate attorneys always provide excellent representation.


Violent Crimes & Domestic Violence

We can provide corporate governance, helping clients manage the responsibilities of running a corporation in financial field.


Homicides & Capital Homicide

Our office has the largest number of capital qualified attorneys in the state. Our investigative and social service experts ensure that our work in this area is the best of the best.



Our appellate attorneys appear exclusively before the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals and are experienced writers and oral advocates.


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