If you need a criminal defense attorney in the State of Utah. Russell Pietryga, & Pietryga Law Office, are by far the best.
I unfortunately was charged criminally with Domestic Violence - Electronics Communication Harassment by my roommates while I was out of state and for the completely absurd reason I may or may not have burned a tea kettle, even after calmly attempting to rectify the situation, it exploded into a long drawn out argument which I stopped taking seriously and started responding to with humor/meme's after all my attempts at rectifying the situation were met with more anger and vitriol. I didn't expect criminal charges or a Protective Order to follow when I returned back to Utah, but they did and had proven some of my concerns regarding my roommates trustworthiness and desire for me to move out, especially my fear the would attempt a forced eviction which the Protective Order essentially was. Now I am not a violent person and never was violent in any of my communications, I honestly had tried my best to handle the situation offering to replace the tea kettle, which looking back I doubt I was responsible for as I was at work all day, and then the validity of the charges as I was out of state during the alleged "DV-ECH". Because of the severity of the crimes I was charged with and the long term effects they would have on my life personally and professionally I decided to search for legal defense, and found Pietryga Law after a few days of searching. From experience I have learned that you can measure the competence and capability of a professional based on how well they treat you before you have even hired them, and based off my experience before choosing and signing any paperwork, Mr. Pietryga and Pietryga Law's Attorney Mark Brown were completely open and honest and took the time to explain to me everything I could expect and need to know, proving in my mind they were the professionals I was looking for to handle my case; and the same can be said for the civil attorney they recommended to me Justin Ashworth who proved himself the same. My Protective Order hearing came first and Mr. Ashworth came down on a 4 hour drive, where he managed to have the Order Dismissed with Prejudice in my favor; and afterwards the D.A. notified Russell they were dropping the charges. Unfortunately they only did this to refile them 1 day before a scheduled court hearing, at which point Mr. Pietryga had an awesome local attorney show up to help me enter a Plea of Not Guilty, and owing to the distance having moved to Salt Lake City for the previous 5+ months the Judge waived my requirement to show up until the Jury Trial. Upon the day of the Trial Mr. Pietryga had shown up early for deliberations, and throughout the entire process made sure I was kept aware of the situation and defended me against the D.A. as perfectly and professionally, and aggressively as I could imagine. After a long trial, and after having stood testimony myself, the jury broke for deliberations and returned a Unanimous Verdict of Not Guilty of all charges. This whole situation taught me to trust my gut instincts, and be more careful in who I choose to invite into my life; there are some incredibly foul and loathsome individuals, particularly who care nothing for others and only seek personal gain, without regards to the toll it might have on others. Mr. Pietryga understood this and I believe, believed in my total innocence, and I couldn't recommend a better Criminal Defense Attorney in the State of Utah, he was the perfect professional for the job and made sure all my rights were restored in full, against such a foreign legal process. I'm glad to have been a witness to the trial and how the law works, but if you are charged with a crime, I can't stress enough the value of a good lawyer and as far as I can tell, Mr. Pietryga and his firm, and legal network are as professional and hard working as you could ever hope for. In my opinion he is the absolute best, and I have no regrets in hiring him, nor would I be in recommending him in the future.