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Catherine Cleveland

Sex crime Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

5.0   22 reviews

Licensed for 21 years

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Practice areas
  1. Sex crime
    30%
    They are some of the most heinous acts a human being can be accused of. As such, if you are charged with a sex crime, you may face severe life-long consequences. I have successfully represented countless people who were accused of sex crimes.

    23 years

  2. Violent crime
    30%
    Not all violent crimes are committed intentionally or maliciously, and my job is to prove that. If you have been arrested for a violent crime, it is okay to worry. But you should also take action and contact me.

    23 years

  3. Criminal defense
    20%
    If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a violation of law, you may require the services of a criminal defense attorney to present your defense or negotiate a penalty. As different rules and procedures exist for different offenses, you should seek a criminal defense attorney who has worked on your particular type of case to provide you with the best defense. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows what information the government will need to prove your guilt.

    23 years

  4. Juvenile law
    20%
    I will treat your child’s case as if it were my own children’s livelihoods on the line. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    23 years

My name is Catherine Cleveland. As a former judge and a Salt Lake City criminal defense lawyer, I represent clients accused of serious felonies in Utah State, Federal, and Juvenile Courts.

A large part of my practice is devoted to representing both juveniles and adults accused of committing a sex offense. Being charged with a sex crime is serious and the penalties are harsh. For example, offenders found guilty of a first-degree felony sex crime are facing a sentence of 15 years to life in prison and being placed on the lifetime sex offender registry. Offenders may be prosecuted under federal or state law (or both).

I use 20 years of experience as a lawyer to achieve extremely favorable results for my clients. Over the years, I have seen thousands of criminal defense cases handled in Utah Courts, so I know what results others have received in situations like yours.

I have an in-depth knowledge of local Courts and procedures to help you understand what to expect. I can then work with you to develop an effective criminal defense strategy designed to achieve the best possible results in negotiations with prosecutors or at trial.

I will aggressively fight for you with any criminal charge you are accused of to obtain the best possible outcome.

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Licensed for 21 years
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 11/08/2022

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

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Posted by anonymous | July 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Catherine saved my child from a felony charge!
Catherine Cleveland is fabulous in Juvenile court! She helped me scare my child with real life "things that could happen", which I asked for, while at the same time protecting us from those things. She was with us from beginning to end! At first we felt bullied by the parole officer who preps the case but thankfully we hired Catherine before the first meeting. Because of Catherine my child went from 3 misdemeanors and 1 felony to 1 misdemeanor that after 3 months of probation and a small fine will be dropped completely. My child will have NO Juvenile record AND knows the severity of things as the 18th birthday comes. I honestly can't believe how good this is turning out because we hired Catherine! I recommend her to anyone!
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Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Catherine is a Thoughtful and Excellent Advocate
Catherine is everything you would want out of a defense lawyer. She is caring, thoughtful, compassionate, and she knows her stuff. I had never been in serious legal trouble before and I was unfamiliar with the process. Catherine helped me every step of the way. Prior to obtaining her services, I had even contemplated suicide. On the initial phone call, she calmed my nerves and anxieties. During the process, Catherine told me to focus on my work and my family, and that she would focus on the legal stuff. She worked hard for me and my spouse and children, and she brought my case to a very successful conclusion. More importantly, she helped me keep my family and my employment intact. Thank you, Catherine! I could not have asked for anything more. I highly recommend this attorney to anyone who is facing a vindictive accuser.
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Response from Catherine Cleveland May 29, 2019
It was a pleasure working with you.
Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer!
My experience with Catherine was everything you'd hope it'd be when hiring and having a lawyer. She always updated me, she answered any question or concerned I had, she gave me comfort, she explained the process of every step very thoroughly and more. She focused and worked really hard on mine and my brother's case and was finding every way she could to help us. She helped me with the charges and she helped my brother. My brother is now released because of Catherine. Couldn't of happened without her. I highly recommend hiring her if you need a lawyer. She is one of the best and knows what she's doing.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2022
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Cool, Calm, Collected
Catherine is an outstanding advocate for each of her clients. She is easy to communicate with, knowledgeable about all applicable areas of the law, and has valuable experience that reassured me whenever I was stressed. If you’re in need of an attorney I’d hire Catherine.
Response from Catherine Cleveland June 15, 2022
Thank you!!
Posted by Jamie | May 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A true blessing
I have found myself in the legal system in a very scary situation! I just know without Catherine I couldn’t get through this! She answers her own calls and spent hours talking to me before I retained her! I don’t know what the future holds, I just know Catherine has made me feel a million times better in this situation then I would alone! Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Helped me get my life back on track
Thank you for your work on my case Catherine, thanks for your diligence and your continued support even after sentencing! Highly recommend and will recommend you!
Response from Catherine Cleveland September 14, 2021
Thank you. It was my pleasure!
Posted by Heather | February 5, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Revengefull ex
My boyfriends ex-girlfriend wanted so badly to control my family. She lied and said my son was touching him. Catherine Cleveland believed my story and made my family feel safe to make his ex-put up or shut up. I know have my family together. Thank- you Catherine Cleveland. I thank-you with tears in my eyes.
Response from Catherine Cleveland February 7, 2020
I am so happy you are back in control of your family. I wish you all the best.
Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Juvenile Court
Catherine really helped us through the juvenile court process. She answered our questions and provided guidance throughout the process. She is really knowledgeable about the juvenile system. We are so thankful that she was there for us.
Response from Catherine Cleveland January 27, 2020
Thank you so much. I am glad that I was able to help. Take care!
Posted by DC | December 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will put you at ease, while ensuring you receive the best result
I was immediately relieved upon hiring Catherine to help with my needs. She was able to take on my case with the assertiveness needed to work through the issues I was facing. She responded to my inquiries during off hours and ensured I was put at ease during the difficulties I was going through. She is very knowledgeable and will let you know your rights. She is thoughtful and caring, but will stand up for your needs. My only regret is not hiring her sooner. I'm so grateful to the help she gave during my difficult time.
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Response from Catherine Cleveland December 17, 2019
I'm happy that I was able to help. Thank you for the review!
Posted by Marilee | April 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Catherine Cleveland works hard, is organized, experienced, and well prepared. I highly recommend Cleveland Law Firm to anyone who is need of a highly competent attorney.
Posted by Melani | February 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Let Catherine fight for you
I recommend her not only for her 20 year experience in law. I recommend her for the way she represented me. She is "THE" LAWYER to have fight for you. Trust me. You will be glad you called her.
Posted by Aaron | November 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Thank you so much for sending me toward the right direction for getting custody of my son. It was so nice of you and our whole family is extremely grateful!
Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
REVIEW OF CATHERINE CLEVELAND
Catherine was courteous and professional throughout the whole ordeal. She was understanding of the seriousness of our situation and promptly executed all her skills to make sure this had a favorable outcome. I would highly reccomend her, she is very knowledgeable and easy to work with.
Posted by Yvette | November 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Catherine and her staff are very professional, trust worthy and compassionate to your situation. She kept me up to date on my case. She is very very knowledgable. This was my first time getting in any kind of trouble and she went to bat for me and got the best outcome for me. I am very satisfied with the decisions that were made. If you need an attorney Catherine is the one to call.
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Posted by Racheal | October 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Definitely recommend
Catherine went above and beyond to help me and my boyfriend. She devoted herself to his case and worked relentlessly to help us. If you want an ambitious and passionate lawyer, she's the way to go!
Posted by Kyle | September 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She knows the law and cares for her clients too
Catherine and her team made me feel very safe from the moment I contacted them. Never having had any previous legal problems before Catherine and Lori put me at ease right away. I was not sure what to think or do. She talked to me and gave me advice. She treated me like a real person and not a number or a $ sign. She even answered the phone after hours to answered questions and talked me through some scary moments which calmed down my anxiety. I felt like she was a friend from the moment we first talked about the case. I did as she advised on every step and my end result could not have been better. When the case was dropped she and her team were smiling as much as I was. I could hear it in their voice voice. I don't have a lot of friends that need the kind of legal help that she provides but I guarantee if I hear of anyone I know that need a criminal lawyer I will make sure to tell them they need to call her
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2014
Catherine will protect your child's rights.
From the very start Catherine was there to help my child. She was his advocate. My child was in a legal situation that I was powerless to help him with. Catherine helped me navigate through legal matters, I had absolutely no experience with. Her experience and counsel guided us in the right direction and ultimately resolved the matters quickly. I am so thankful for her service and would recommend her to any parent. She cares about protecting children's rights.
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Posted by Greg | September 2, 2014
Catherine saved me from a damsel in distress!
The charge was stalking and my prior attorney had left me feeling light in the wallet and resigned to defeat. But given the penalties and stigma of a conviction, I knew I had to do better. I took to Avvo, where Catherine provided by far the most thoughtful and relevant answers to my questions and some useful insights of her own. It was clear she’d successfully defended many in my situation. More importantly, she understood my psychology and frustration. Her compassion and commitment are genuine. In reviewing the charge against me Catherine quickly identified weaknesses and defenses that never would have occurred to me—including instances in which the accuser appeared to be the aggressor. In court Catherine forced the accuser to admit time and again that my alleged conduct did not violate Utah’s stalking laws. Catherine had a laser focus and fast, forceful responses. It was encouraging to watch the prosecutor grow smaller and smaller in his chair as the hearing progressed. Catherine’s rates are absolutely affordable and her flat-fee arrangement encourages you to be in constant communication with her. You don’t have to worry about “running up the bill” with trivial matters—nor should you, as your case may well turn on what seems at first glance a minor detail. In Catherine you get an advocate who brings the experience of both defense attorney and judge. Not only does Catherine know the law, but she knows how the local legal system actually works. Do appreciate this advantage! Catherine provided an excellent service both to me and to the community at large, in that she protected a good and necessary law from being cheapened and abused by a vengeful accuser. I would absolutely recommend Catherine to anyone in need of criminal defense. If you find yourself charged with a crime, your first call should be to Catherine Cleveland.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2013
More Than Satisfied
I had a civil forfeiture occur in Salt Lake City and, being from out of state, I didn't know what to do for a lawyer. I found Catherine online and she more than exceeded expectations. My situation seemed almost hopeless. I wasn't expecting to get any of my cash back, but Catherine somehow managed to get a percentage I could not believe. If you have assets seized, she is the lawyer I would recommend.
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2013
Catherine helped me through a difficult time
Catherine is the kind of lawyer you want on your side. She fought for me and demonstrated professionalism throughout. Catherine guided me through the complications of the legal system with care. Her expert knowledge, attention to detail, prompt response to changing events and sense of strategy brought my case to a successful conclusion. I highly recommend Catherine!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Lawyer
  • Catherine Cleveland, P.C.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Judge
  • Utah 3rd District Court
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Intern
  • FCC - International Telecommunications
  • 1997 - 1997

Education

  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Legal Cases

  • 1st Degree Rape
  • Dismissed
  • Multiple Charges
  • I was able to get a number of the charges dropped including the DUI, Client got 3 years probabtion, no jail time.
  • Drug Possession
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Utah State Bar
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Awards

  • Top Contributor 2018
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • A+ Rating
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2016
  • Fetured attorney rated execellent
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contriubutor Badge
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Avvo Rating Excellent
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Avvo Rating 10.0
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • AVVO 10.0 Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2014
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • CLE
  • Attorney Agreements
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (29)
Juvenile law Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Catherine is truly brilliant and works every case like it is her only case. I would never hesitate to recommend a person in trouble to Ms. Cleveland. Jonathan Nish Morgan, Nish & Associates"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Catherine Cleveland as an experienced, thorough and caring criminal defense attorney in Utah. We have represented co-defendants in several cases over the years, and I have personal knowledge of how her positive involvement in all aspects of a criminal defense have made these difficult situations livable for many families in need."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Definitely on the path to greatness."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. Can definitely endorse and recommend without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"13 years of experience and the credentials of a judge are just part of her legal legacy. Results matter and her reviews reflect that. Read them! Knowledge of law and procedure is excellent. If you are in or near Salt Lake do yourself a favor and schedule an interview with her first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Catherine Cleveland. A skilled and respected lawyer within the legal industry."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Cleveland is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of her clients"
Unknown Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Excellent contributions and an asset to the AVVO community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Catherine. Highly respected in the legal community with an outstanding reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've had the opportunity to watch her in the court room and to see her interact with the prosecution. She is an excellent attorney who fights for her client's and stands up to the government."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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