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Tara L Isaacson

Sex crime Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

5.0   19 reviews
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  • Licensed for 27 years
    State UT
    Acquired 1996
    Status
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I HAVE BEEN A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER SINCE 1996. I PRIDE MYSELF IN CLEAR COMMUNICATION WITH MY CLIENTS. I HAVE AN INCREDIBLE SUPPORT STAFF THAT MAKES SURE EACH CASE IS CLOSELY MONITORED FROM BEGINNING TO END. I LOVE BEING AN AGGRESSIVE AND THOROUGH ADVOCATE FOR MY CLIENTS.

Aggressively defending clients since 1996

Location

Tara Isaacson Law, LLC
445 E 200 S Ste 150
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2014
Tara Isaacson - If your looking for someone to defend you in a criminal case, look no further.
Tara is not, in my estimation, your typical lawyer. From the moment you meet her, she just has a way of filling you with confidence. She actually listens to you, and considers how you feel, what you think and she's great at communicating. Tara breeds confidence in her clients, while at the same time keeping expectations realistic. Tara came into my complex case as co-council when I refused a plea deal and the case entered the trial phase. She quickly got up to speed and in no time at all she was kicking behind and taking names. I think the most important thing that Tara provided was that she truly seemed to believe in me after she reviewed the evidence. I can't remember a time when I asked her a question that she didn't have an answer, and more importantly, the answer wasn't always the one I wanted to hear but it was the truthful and honest answer - no lies, misrepresentations or surprises here. As an amazing testament to her character, Tara remained on the case even in light of personal tragedy and circumstance. With the help of Tara (and other wonderful people in her office) and Paul Grant (who is awesome too!) our case came to very successful conclusion, much to my happiness and that of my family. If I ever needed a criminal lawyer again, Tara would be at the top of my list - frankly I can't imagine trusting my life to anyone other than Tara and Paul. That being said, experiencing the criminal system once was more than enough.
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Posted by Ryan | November 20, 2020
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Exceptional outcome
Exceptional outcome... I was referred to Tara when I ran into some legal issues. Tara and her team were able to work with the county prosecutors office. They kept me informed through the whole process. They were honest with the outcome right off from the get-go. And it turned out exactly as they had predicted. They were able to help me put my life back together and move on away from a horrible situation. I would recommend them to absolutely anyone looking or in need of representation.
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Posted by Joshua | November 3, 2020
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Utah's Best Criminal Defense!!
Retaining Tara as my defense attorney was the best decision I could have made. Tara could not have been more helpful during an incredibly hard time with the added stressors of Covid-19. She was responsive and transparent, keeping me thoroughly informed on the process, possible outcomes, and her actions on my behalf. If you’re looking for a great lawyer who’s determined, hard working, upfront and honest, I would highly recommend working with Tara Isaacson.
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Posted by Bobby | October 19, 2020
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Hands down best in SLC!
I hired Tara and upon our first meeting, the ball was rolling. They contacted the City Prosecutor (where the charges were filed) and were able to work out a deal quickly and to our satisfaction. Documents were all correct and filed promptly. They also ensured my professional license was not affected. Above and beyond service, highly recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2020
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Polished defense attorney
Tara was recommended from our corporate attorney. I feel good to share some info so what happened to me does not happen again to someone else. What myself and my family felt was a wrongful domestic violence arrest turned into a bigger nightmare. My wife and I faced some challenges in our marriage of 15 years and one night we contacted the police to keep some peace. The situation we felt was being handled as my wife and I had hoped but quickly turned another direction in my opinion with 1 out of 4 officers that arrived looking for something more and what was probably a quiet evening. Before I knew it I was being hand cuffed and escorted into the patrol car and taken to county jail. Please keep in mind neither my wife or myself have EVER had anything prior or even had to call the police for ANYTHING which should have been the first thing reviewed and discussed. Once I was placed under arrest I was in shock and didn't have a clue on what to do once I was in jail. Because I called my wife as I did not have many family members I was then charged with violating a protective order. I will also say my family is still together and stronger than ever because we all did not feel what happened with the police warranted anyone going to jail. We thought we would call them out to keep the peace. Long story short was I ended up several days in jail and would have ended up in longer until I connected with Tara. I knew when I visited with her she was solid especially if my corporate attorney recommended her because I feel he is the best at what he does and Tara is the best at what she does. Humble and thankful for her solid team. Sindra and Suzanne were extra helpful and played a solid part with this organization. Another word of advice put a plan together in case you ever were to get arrested, know and discuss with friends and family who you go to. (It is a very scary and intimidating place and without someone like Tara could be impossible to get out of)
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2019
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Just Incredible!
Tara and her team were just incredible. I was in a very tough position facing very serious charges for a crime I did not commit. Their organization, thoroughness, and professionalism - along with Tara’s sound strategy and impressive court presence - helped me clearly and powerfully present my case to the judge and secured a positive result, and I am now on my way to restoring my reputation and rebuilding my life. It’s not possible me to have a higher recommendation for Tara - she is a life saver.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2019
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Look no further!
Tara was the best lawyer! She was available when we needed her, answered all our questions quickly and helped us get the best possible outcome we could get. I would definitely recommend Tara to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2018
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Fantastic Defense Attorney
Tara is one of the most skilled, knowledgeable and caring attorneys I have encountered. She was on time and extremely prepared for each and every court proceeding. Communication was excellent throughout the entire process. Very responsive to questions. Excellent demeanor and skill in the courtroom. Very reasonably priced. Extremely honest and ethical. All of which resulted in the dismissal of my case. I would HIGHLY recommend!
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Posted by Charles | January 15, 2018
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Tara is incredible
From the moment I hired Tara I felt a huge sense of relief. She knew what she was doing, worked tirelessly on my behalf and achieved an outcome that gave me my life back. Being innocent and being accused of a horrible crime is frightening Tara believed me and fought for me. I’d recommend her without hesitation.
Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2017
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The best in utah, in my opinion
I was a client of Tara Isaacson. She is an excellent attorney. She is aggressive, thorough, and well organized. Although not the nicest attorney, her other qualities more than make up for it. She is always on the top of her game, detailed and takes great pride in her work. Many utah attorneys I have worked with do not. You can count on her aggressively defending you.
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Posted by Alex | September 30, 2016
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5 star service
Tara offers a service that I feel is superior to 95% of the attorneys out there, she is an extremely competent attorney, she's a great communicator, you will know exactly where you stand with your case and what your options are, easy to get a hold of, quick to reply to communications, and a strong office support staff!
Posted by Paul | May 30, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Trust, Intelligence and Safety
I became entangled in a Patriot Act related violation while traveling through an airport. It eventually resulted in a grand jury letter two years later. I faced felony charges from the federal court in Austin, Texas. It included a penalty of 5 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. No matter what I tried to do to resolve the situation it only got worse with each new event with the differing federal government agencies. We thought we were going to lose our home and I would be in prison for at least 2-3 years minimum. Searching for legal counsel was seemingly impossible adding to my family stress levels. I needed someone we could trust and believe my side of the events and walk us through the process - returning calls in a timely manner. My wife and I made at least 4 dozen phone interviews with differing attorneys in Utah and Texas trying to find help - about 45 calls on a checklist we had. More so difficult in our search, we needed a licensed federal attorney to represent us. We eventually found Tara's firm along the way and received a referral from a counselor at Kirton/McConkie who represent large clients in the Salt Lake area on a national scale. John Wayne said: "Life is hard, it's even harder when you're stupid." - That's what was happening to me - no matter what I did to resolve the matter, it made things worse. Not until we hired Tara did things get turned around. She was direct and quick with putting me back on track - she asked me what the exact facts were. She also went to work communicating with the federal prosecutor in Texas. As a result, I wasn't apprehended by US Marshals, I wasn't forced to find a bondsman and putting up a hefty bail, and over the course of months, her actions on my behalf and helping me find additional legal counsel in Texas, I was eventually able to stay out of prison and continue providing for my family. She explained everything to me in the process and it became clear how much more severe my problems were than I initially understood. I also studied up on her and knew she'd taken some extreme client problems and worked them out in the courtroom and with prosecutors. The best advice is to simply stay out of trouble but sometimes trouble finds you when you've made dumb mistakes. Hire Tara and move forward as she will get you and your family through it. Please. I feel like I lost 10 years of my life which could've been avoided had I found her sooner.
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Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2016
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Excellent Attorney!
I was falsely accused of sexual touching by a minor client and after visiting with 5 different defense attorney's I chose Tara and Wally. And I'm so glad I did! She was always available for my calls/texts, kept me informed of their progress and proactively went on the offensive to gave the ADA the information he needed to make sure charges weren't even filed. They were incredibly professional and empathetic at the same time. They are worth 6 stars.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2016
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Amazing!!!
Tara was amazing. I've been in trouble with the law a few times and was facing a felony charge for the second time. This was a DUI case and I thought for sure I was dead to rights. I had hired a few different lawyers in the past and really wasn't impressed with any of them. I felt they really didn't care about the outcome and my well-being. I felt they just wanted the money and the case to end ASAP. Tara on the otherhand went the extra mile. I felt like she showed genuine interest and concern. She made me work for it a bit, but all her suggestions worked. She stayed in constant contact with me and made sure I was doing my part. All in all she did an amazing job. I couldn't be happier. Hopefully I don't need a lawyer again, but if I do, I'll be calling Tara again. Thanks
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Posted by Robin | May 29, 2015
Aggressive Defense for an overly Aggressive Prosecutor
In April of 2013, myself and 5 other people were unjustly charged by an overly aggressive Utah Prosecutor from the Attorney General’s Office with multiple felonies for Fraud. I was referred to Tara Isaacson by an Attorney in my area, who was unable to represent me. From the very first meeting, I felt as though Attorney Isaacson was very upfront and honest. She wanted me to understand all the possible outcomes to my case. Once she reviewed the evidence and spent a considerable amount of time talking to me, she went to work. It took 20 months before we were able to get a preliminary hearing. We had many hearings in that 20 month period. At every hearing Attorney Isaacson and her Partner Attorney Bugden were on time, prepared and ready to defend me. Every brief that was required to be filed was delivered to the Judge on time and in most cases ahead of time. Not all the defendants in the case were able to say the same. After one of the hearings, one of the other Attorneys, that represented a different defendant, said ‘We are so glad you hired Attorney Isaacson and Attorney Bugden, they make our job so much easier’. Attorney Isaacson was poised and showed great skill in the court room. The briefs were well written and to the point. Her examination of the State's witnesses were very detailed and well planned out. I was very impressed with her abilities in the court room! When you are facing Felony Charges you need a well respected and aggressive Attorney. Attorney Isaacson is both. The fee schedule was set up front and at no time was I charged more than I had been told. There was complete transparency in all matters. Attorney Isaacson answered every question I asked and I never felt like I was bothering her. The Judge finally dismissed all charges at the preliminary hearing. The genuine emotion of relief I felt from Attorney Isaacson on that day was amazing. I know she takes her job very personally and always has the best interest of her clients at heart. I will ALWAYS refer her to anyone that is in need of a defense Attorney.
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Posted by JeffreyM | March 1, 2015
Kind, Caring and DARN GOOD at what she does
I have gotten into trouble a few times in my life, twice, it involved Federal Agencies, i was incredibly scared, and it could have turned out worse, much worse than it turned out. She was incredibly thorough, very involved in every aspect of my case, not just that, she knew a lot of the judges, prosecutors and agents involved. For services like Tara's, you would expect to be paying an incredible amount of money, but you would be wrong, she is very fairly priced, and really, for your freedom, what would you pay? i would consider Tara a friend.
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Posted by Blake | October 8, 2014
Professional and Personable
Tara Isaacson is a joy to work with, now you may be thinking, how is legal action a joy, and to be honest it wasn't BUT Tara made it so. I had an issue with my business and she was fast to act, gave me all the support I needed and held my hand through the process. She is truly a professional within her field but beyond that she is incredibly personable, I have never felt like another "billable" because she took the time to listen and she fought for me in my time of need. Thank you Tara for being a lawyer I can always count on and trust in.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2014
Review Tara L Isaacson
Tara is as good as it gets when it comes to criminal defense. From the moment I hired her she took my cases head on and worked diligently until we reached an outcome that we all felt good about. After multiple DUI's she was able to get me into a substance abuse program and kept me out of jail and allowed me to work on myself rather than sit in jail/prison. I highly recommend Tara and if you are in need of her services from working with her and researching all that work in her industry there is no one better in my opinion.
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Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2014
Tara is an excellent attorney who saved my life. You will be in the best hands possible.
Tara is one of the best attorneys I have ever met. She and Wally saved my life and helped me through a really rough time. I came to them after having had some really bad attorneys who only cared about money. She always gave good advice and really cared about me as a person. She went above and beyond and I'm eternally grateful. My case had many complexities to it and she was able to navigate all of them. My case involved a lengthy trial, an overzealous prosecutor, and thousands of pages of documents. With Tara's help we were able to overcome all of these tribulations and I was able to start my life again anew.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Bugden & Isaacson LLC
  • 2002 - Present
  • Partner
  • Bugden, Collins & Morton
  • 1996 - 2002

Education

  • University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
  • JD
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. Warren Jeffs
  • Conviction set aside, charges dismissed

Associations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Board Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Utah
  • 1996 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Reva Beck Bosone Award
  • Women Lawyers of Utah
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (11)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tara Isaacson is known to the criminal justice community as one of the finest defense attorneys around. I was opposing counsel on a few cases and admired her preparation, knowledge of the facts, knowledge of the law, and advocacy in court. I highly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tara is the best of the best. She is smart and aggressive. She is also respected by judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys. If i were charged with a crime, I would hire Tara."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is one of the best in the State. I've learned a lot from her in several ways including as opposing counsel when I first started and as fellow attorney now. I've had the chance to listen to her speak at several engagements and she always has excellent advice for the other attorneys she's helping."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I needed co-counsel on a complicated sex abuse case. The client was charged with many first degree felonies. Together we won the case. She is a fantastic lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is a great lawyer as well as a great person. She is professional and extremely talented. Her track record speaks for itself."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want the cream of the crop for your criminal defense attorney, hire Tara Isaacson. No attorney has a better reputation than Tara, and the reputation come honestly. She is smart, measured, and an earnest advocate. Judges respect her and prosecutors fear her! You can't go wrong with Tara as your attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is one of the highest quality criminal defense lawyers in Utah. She is smart and passionate and has a great reputation in the legal community. I would of course recommend her to someone in need of representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Tara Isaacson. She is an excellent attorney, cares about her clients, and knows the law. I refer my clients to her for criminal matters because I know that she will handle their case promptly, professionally, and obtain the best possible outcome for them."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Salt Lake City Sex crime Lawyer Tara L Isaacson
Tara L Isaacson
Sex crime Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 27 years
Virtual consultation available