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Melissa Fulkerson

Criminal defense Attorney at salt lake city, UT

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Melissa

Learn Melissa’s areas of practice.

I have dedicated my practice to criminal defense and most specifically DUI defense.  I have attended special training, the same training that law enforcement officers undergo in order to investigate DUIs.  I have never defended a DUI case where we were unable to find some weakness or problem with the State's case to get better results.  I not only zealously defend DUIs at the criminal level, I also dedicate as much time and attention to the Driver's License hearings.  I get results for my clients.  

Not only do I have a very experienced knowledge on DUI defense and investigations, I sincerely care about my clients and how my work directly impacts their personal lives.  I will get results for you.

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Location

Fulkerson Law Firm office with Schatz Anderson
1445 E. 3300 S.
salt lake city, UT, 84106

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Posted by Antonio | October 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in Utah
I couldn’t have asked for anybody better. She was always there. Always on time, never had to reschedule once. Helped me with my DUI case and got it down to reckless driving. One of the best in Utah couldn’t have done it without her!
Posted by Nicole Whitney | February 12, 2022
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Best lawyer EVER!
I've been represented by Melissa for years,. She always answers your calls, shows up to court Everytime and VERY PREPARED. I was going thru a hard time and got a few DUIs, one which I wasn't even driving. She got that dui dismissed, plus other charges! I was put on AP&P and got a violation, she represented me then w no extra charge,! They were asking for a yr in jail and terminate. She saved me and got me Revoked and reinstated. She's so sweet and understanding. Definitely worth every penny. I can truly call her and friend and perfect lawyer,! I love you Melissa!
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Posted by Colin | October 6, 2020
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Life Saver!
I was fortunate enough to work with Melissa several years ago for a DUI that came during an extremely difficult time in my life. There didn't seem to be much hope initially, but I became more optimistic when we won the hearing for my driver's license. Next up was the suppression hearing in front of a judge that is apparently notoriously tough. We were the last case to be heard that day, and after sitting for several hours and witnessing every singe case before mine have their motion to suppress be denied I wasn't feeling particularly encouraged. What I witnessed over the next 40 minutes was truly masterful. Melissa's experience and training allowed her to pull on the thread that was the state's case, and when it was over there was nothing left of it--case dismissed! Best day of my life, and one that I have never taken for granted. It was clear from the first court appearance that Melissa has the respect of her colleagues, both defense attorneys and prosecutors alike. She's not only very knowledgable but has a presence in the courtroom that is evident to all. I never felt like it was just another day at the office for Melissa, she doesn't lose sight of the gravity of her clients' circumstances. I should have written this review a long time ago, but I am extremely grateful for what Melissa was able to do for me in my time of need.
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Posted by Mike | October 28, 2019
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Absolutely Great
Fortunately for me Mellisa represented me at a dark part of my life. Absolutely professional, guiding me through the processes, requirements and suggestions for improving my outcome and a new life. She was very personable, reminding me where, when and how I needed to be. I needed her more than once in a three year period and she was able to get me more than a favorable result. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Posted by Amaja | December 5, 2018
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Best Lawyer In Utah
Melissa is absolutely amazing. My grandpa was wrongfully charged with a domestic violence charge and she was able to get everything resolved for him. You will never find a better and more honest lawyer.
Posted by Ryan | October 24, 2018
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Fantastic, professional, and worth every dime!
I was charged with a DUI when the arresting officer didn't have probable cause to pull me over. I figured there was a case, but I still wasn't sure what to do. After explaining my problem to Melissa over the phone, she thoroughly and clearly took me through my options, gave me her professional opinion, and walked me through how she saw the process unfolding. She was incredibly nice, always responsive and available, and she handled every single aspect of my case from start to finish, always making sure to check up with me to make sure everything was taken care of. She always made sure to give me options, as well, ie: whether I wanted her to fight the case altogether and try to get it dismissed, or try and take the best deal the prosecutor would agree to. She always made sure I understood what was happening. She ended up getting my charges reduced to almost the bare minimum without having to go to trial. Fantastic attorney, even better person, and wouldn't hesitate to hire again if the need ever arises! Hands down worth the money.
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Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2017
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The best attorney!
She puts the most effort and energy into each case! We have used her for myself and my brother and she found the best possible solutions we could have asked for! I trust her so much and if I'm ever in a situation like this in the future we will definitely be going back to her!
Posted by Green | February 24, 2017
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Phenomenal Lawyer and Person!!!
She handled my case with the utmost proficiency I could ever possibly hope for. Best experience I have had in this type of situation. She went above and beyond.
Posted by Josh | March 8, 2016
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Worth EVERY Penny
Life is far too short to take a chance on your legal defense. I was charged with DUI in Utah and started to seek out the lawyer that would best help my situation. I sat down with about 10 different lawyers before having a friend refer me to Melissa Fulkerson. I found out with my initial consultation that she was different than all of the lawyers I met with previously. She was no nonsense from the start, and was very upfront about what she could and couldn’t do based on the case I described. I felt so great about my consultation with her that I made the arrangements to hire her that day. She has been by my side throughout a very drawn out legal process, and because of her dedication and professional skill set, I was not convicted of a DUI. I hope you never find yourself in my situation, but if you do, please don’t waste any time or effort. Call Melissa. She is one of the best in the business.
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Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2016
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Melissa kick's a-- once again.
I was charged with two second degree Felonies, as well as 4 class "A" misdemeanors. Being in my career field this could have devastated my entire life. After four other Attorney's failed to do the job requested, (Which was not accept any sort of plea related to drugs or alcohol), My case was entirely dismissed. Keep in mind that Melissa had only been to two ten minute court appearances out of the eight continued hearings. On the second hearing date (She attended as counsel) she was able to complete the Job by pointing out the State's lack of evidence against me. She is tough as nails, yet approachable whenever you need her guidance. Melissa knows her sh--, and will call the State on it when necessary. She is the best Attorney that I have ever worked with, and would highly recommend anyone needing help to at the very least consult with her before hiring other Attorney's due to cheaper cost. Melissa saved my career, my reputation, and basically, got the job done quickly, and to my satisfaction.
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Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2015
Fierce advocate during the worst period of my life!
Melissa is incredible. I was referred to her by another lawyer friend, and she was by my side from day one. This was the only time I have ever been in trouble with the law and I was terrified, humiliated, and depressed. Melissa stayed relentlessly positive and optimistic, and made sure that I was doing OK and understood what was going on. She responded to all of my texts and emails quickly and I truly felt like I could trust her with this critical point in my life. She fought for me the whole time and we were able to obtain a very fair outcome for my case. I really appreciated her attitude because she never made me feel like a criminal or a bad person. On the contrary, she always reminded me that this one bad act didn't define who I was, and that my life would move on and get better. She kept pointing out the light when I was in a very dark place. I hope I never need an attorney again, but if I did, or if any of my friends or family needed an attorney, I would turn to Melissa in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Jessica | April 3, 2015
Compassionate but Kick A** Attorney
I was arrested for a DUI in Salt Lake City. This had the potential to devastate my career and also my family life. I researched the top DUI attorneys in the state but was also directly referred to Melissa by a couple friends who she helped in the past. Melissa saved my drivers license and fought for me in court in a way where I felt very important to her. I watched other attorneys in court and she went above and beyond what other lawyers were doing. She was willing to fight for me and not talk me into just taking a plea. She spent the time and effort to help me get my case dismissed based on a violation of my rights. I was able to keep my employment and my license and it is thanks to Melissa Fulkerson. Thank you so much for saving my life.
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2013
I'm Happy, Happy , Happy!!!! ( As Phil Robertson would say)
There are no real words such as acronyms, verbs or adjectives to describe Melissa Fulkerson. I personally had the pleasure of hiring her services last year and let me add? Simply stupendous! Not only is Melissa stupendously Brilliant! She is also extremely high energy, knowledgeable, Professional, to the point and does not mess around. I would highly advise anyone looking for a GREAT Attorney, to choose wisely and choose the best all the around. Melissa genuinely cares about her clients and their good reputations. My charge was a DUI. It was reduced to a much lesser charge due to her persistence. I only had to appear in court ONCE and that was the day of sentencing. (results may not be typical however depending on your case and evidence involved) I just know everything was stacked against me and we prevailed. Thank you so much you Melissa! I will recommend you any day. L.R..
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Weber State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Associations

  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
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  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 1% National
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Lawyers Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Service of the Year Award
  • Utah State Bar
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Pro Bono Initiative Newsletter
  • Legal Advise Under the Viaduct
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (16)
Endorse Melissa
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melissa is completely professional and caring, and I am impressed with the quality of her work in criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is both brilliant and caring. Her knowledge of the law is complemented by her ability to practice in a manner that gets results that are unattainable by many of her peers. Any client who entrusts their case to Ms. Fulkerson can rest assured they are in goods hands. Jonathan Nish Morgan, Nish & Associates"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa is an incredible attorney who gives her all for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is smart, knowledgeable, and an over-all amazing criminal defense attorney. Her reputation as being one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Salt Lake is well deserved."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Melissa is one of the best criminal defense trial attorneys I have had the privilege of working with."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa is an excellent lawyer. Highly respected among prosecutors, judges, and colleagues in the criminal defense community. She works hard and does a great job for every client."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melissa has a great reputation among other attorneys and judges."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. When I prosecuted, she was the one I had to settle with the most because of how hard she pushed for every client, even taking me to trial when I didn't want to go there. She will work hard for anyone that comes to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"As a prosecutor I had the pleasure to work worked opposite of Melissa on many cases. She is a Stellar and Respected Defense Attorney - you couldn't ask for anything more in an advocate. She's also smart as a whip and knows how to communicate. I fully endorse this attorney!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melissa is extremely dedicated to every case. She never gives up and she explores every option..."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Melissa is unquestionably among the very best DUI lawyers in the State. She has a passion for helping her clients and has the training and experience to successfully handle even the most difficult cases. I whole-heartedly endorse Melissa."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"You could not ask for a better attorney than Melissa. She brings total focus and endless energy to every case she takes, and takes time to really know her clients. I endorse my partner 100% and recommend her to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the honor of working with Melissa for most of my legal career. She is, hands down, one of the best defense attorneys I have ever witnessed. She works tirelessly to defend her cases and is one of the most compassionate attorneys around. Melissa is well-respected in the legal community and gets a very high rate of referrals from judges and prosecutors who have friends or family in trouble and that says a lot because judges and prosecutors have the opportunity to witness and work with most of the legal community. Melissa is a trial attorney and goes to trial often because she will fight when she feels the case merits it. She has a very high level of success in trial and in negotiation and runs a very successful motion practice. If I were in any kind of trouble there are a few lawyers I would go to and Melissa is surely one of them."
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