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Russell Stephen Pietryga

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Pietryga Law Office has a long history of successful DUI and Criminal Defense in Utah, and is the defense attorney trusted by judges, prosecutors and police officers when they are in trouble. We are not afraid to set your case for a jury trial, and are never intimidated by the prosecution. Call and ask when you can attend one of our upcoming jury trials, and see for yourself how our experience and expertise can change the outcome of your case.

We are passionate about your rights, and will actively work to help you keep your license and keep you out of jail. You will work one-on-one with your defense attorney. We will not pass you off onto a Paralegal, assistant, or law student. All of your legal options and recourses will be discussed with you personally.

Call us at 801-505-1586 for a free case review.


Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 72%
    16 years
  2. Domestic Violence: 25%
    16 years
  3. Violent Crime: 1%
    16 years
  4. Juvenile: 1%
    16 years
  5. Criminal Defense: 1%
    16 years



Hourly ($100-325/hour), Fixed (always), Free consultation (120 minutes), Pro bono (20%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark W Brown

    Bottom line, if I am ever in trouble, I will hire Russ. His attention to detail, commitment to quality and unrelenting advocacy for each client is unmatched. Russ represents each client as though he were personally charged. He is a student of the law and has dedicated his life to mastering the craft.


    Mark Brown Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Joshua Fawson

    I’ve worked with Russ on multiple cases and would recommend him to even my closest friends. Many attorneys biggest concern is not necessarily for the client, but for keeping up professional relationships with opposing counsel. I have found Russ’s greatest concern is to zealously advocate for his client. He is the type of attorney who constantly asks himself the question, “If I was the client, would I be happy with myself as an attorney.” As an attorney, when I have a question about anything concerning criminal law, whether it is about a point of law, a strategy for a particular kind of case, or the finer points of cross examining a witness, He is one of the first resources I look to for advice and counsel. If I ever found myself in a position in which I needed legal help in the criminal field, Russ Pietryga would be the attorney that I would call.


    Joshua Fawson Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Pietryga Law

1547 Bryan Avenue
Salt Lake City, UT, 84105

ALA Legal

8813 S. Redwood Rd., Ste. C2
West Jordan, UT, 84088

Pietryga Law

435 East Tabernacle St.
Suite 200
St. George, UT, 84770



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Admited MemberNational Association of Counsel for Children2014
Top 75 DUI AtorneysThe National Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Top ContributerAvvo2014
Admitted MemberNational College for DUI Defense2014
Admitted MemberCriminal Trial Lawyers Association2014
Admitted MemberNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 10 Utah Criminal AttorneyNational Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2014
Clients' ChoiceAvvo2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Appointed MentorSupreme Court of Utah2014
Top 10 Attorney AwardNational Acadamy of Criminal Defense Attorneys2013
Top100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Avvo Top ContributorAvvo2013
Aditted MemberCriminal Trial Lawyers Association2013
Clients' ChoiceAvvo2013
Admitted MemberNational College for DUI Defense2013
Admitted MemberNational Trial Lawyers2013
Admitted as memberNational Association of Counsel for Children2013
Excellent RatingAvvo2013
Top 75 DUI Attorneys in UtahNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Winter Session GraduateNational College for DUI Defense2013
Appointed MentorSupreme Court of Utah2013
Admitted MemberCriminal Trial Lawyers Association2013
Admitted to PracticeFederal Circuit Bar Association1999
Admitted to PraticeUtah State Bar1999
Honorable DischargeUnited States Navey1994
Designation as Navy & Marine Corps ParachutistU.S. Navy1990
Letter of CommendationU.S. Navy1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyPietryga Law Office2006 - Present
AttorneyALA Legal2011 - 2012
AttorneyLokken & Associates, PC2000 - 2006
AttorneyKelley & Kelley, LLc1998 - 2000
Paralegal-Criminal DefenseLaw Office of Barry L. Furgson1994 - 1995
Paralegal-CriminalDavid W. Horton & Associates,1992 - 1994
UDT/SEALUnited States Navy1986 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana LawsAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Association of Trial AttorneysAttorney Member2013 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2013 - Present
National Association of Counsel for ChildrenAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Advocacy for DUI DefenseAttorney Member2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Council of AffiliatesAttorney Member2012 - Present
Utah Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Utah State BarMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Davis County v. BurnsDismissed
Salt Lake City v. SteuriDismissed
Davis County v. GalbraithReduced plea
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Publication nameTitleDate
Utah DUI Legal OnlineActual or Constructive Possession of Drugs in Utah2013
Utah Domestic Violence AttorneysUtah Domestic Violence Defense2013
Utah DUI Legal OnlineAdditional Crimes and Consequences of a DUI in Utah for Driver Under 212012
Utah DUI Legal OnlineWarrantless Blood Draws2012
Utah DUI Legal OnlineConsent Exception to a Warrantless Blood Draw2012
Utah DUI Legal OnlineInformant's Tip to Stop a Vehicle2012
Utah DUI Legal OnlineThe Cops Didn't Read Me My Rights2012
Utah DUI Legal OnlinePleading to Impaired Driving in Utah2012
Utah DUI Legal OnlinePreliminary Hearing in Utah DUI Cases2012
Utah DUI Legal OnlineAdmissibility of Breath Test Results2011
Utah DUI Legal OnlineUnlawful Traffic Stops2011
Utah DUI Legal OnlineDUI Roadblocks2011
Utah DUI Legal OnlineActual Physical Control2011
Utah DUI Legal OnlineCommunity Caretaker Vehicle Stops2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Eastern Michigan UniversityPublic Law and GovernmentBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Survival, Evasion, Resistance & EscapeN/AN/A1990
Naval Special Warfare CenterNaval Special Warfare Diving Equip. Maintenance & RepairN/A1990
United States Army Infantry SchoolAirborne CourseN/A1989
Mid-South Institute of Self-Defense ShootingPractical Pistol, Sub-machine gun & ShotgunN/A1989
Naval Special Warfare CenterBasic Underwater Demolition/SEAL TrainingN/A1988
Naval Special Warfare CenterSeal Delivery Vehicle Operator/NavigatorN/A1988
Naval Special Warfare CenterMK-15 Underwater Breathing Apparatus OperatorN/A1988
Naval Air Technical Training CenterAvionics Technician CourseN/A1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal UpdateCriminal Defense2012
Parental Defense ConferenceCross Examination1999

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