Bugden & Isaacson, LLC Trial Lawyers

Bugden & Isaacson, LLC Trial Lawyers

Bugden & Isaacson, LLC, is a Utah based law firm with offices in Salt Lake City and Park City.

Firm Overview

The firm is known for providing clients throughout the state of Utah with quality legal representation in criminal and administrative matters. Our experienced attorneys represent criminal defendants facing a range of charges, including drug crimes, DUIs, sex offenses, and white collar crimes. We also capably handle an array of civil and administrative law matters, including police misconduct and professional licensing cases.

At Bugden & Isaacson, our trial lawyers are known for taking on - and winning - tough, high-profile cases. We have a reputation among local judges and prosecutors for consistently demonstrating high-quality trial preparation and aggressive courtroom advocacy.

In his over three decades of experience practicing law, partner Walter F. Bugden, Jr. has tried over 220 jury trials. In recognition of his work, national directory of attorneys Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him its coveted AV Preeminent rating, indicating preeminent legal ability and the highest ethical standards. Partner Tara L. Isaacson has been a criminal law attorney for over 16 years, obtaining acquittals in 31 jury trials, and has argued cases before the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals.
Bugden & Isaacson is ranked in the 2013 Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report as a Tier 1 firm for Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar, White-Collar -Governmental Investigations and White-Collar Litigation. These rankings feature law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers.

We believe that communicating effectively with our clients is critical to the success of every case we take on, and we provide clear and accurate information at each step in the legal process. Our attorneys will work closely with you throughout the duration of your representation, responding promptly to all client inquiries and fully preparing you for every hearing. To learn more about our services, or to speak with an experienced trial lawyer about your case, call Bugden & Isaacson, LLC today at (801) 467-1700.

Main Office

Main Office
445 East 200 South, Suite 150
Salt Lake City, UT 84111



Criminal Defense

Bugden & Isaacson, L.L.C. is a Salt Lake City-based law firm known for providing aggressive advocacy and achieving outstanding results for criminal defendants in Utah.

We provide defense representation before state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies, and are experienced in all of the following areas:
-Assault & Domestic Violence
-Computer & Internet Crimes
-Drug Crimes
-Drunk-Driving & DUI
-Juvenile Law
-Sex Offenses
-Weapons Crimes
-White Collar Crimes

Assault & Domestic Violence:
Bugden & Isaacson represents clients who have been charged with assault and domestic violence in Utah. Whether you have been charged with abuse, aggravated assault, or were arrested after a domestic dispute, our experienced criminal defense lawyers can help you protect your rights.

Examples of the firm's success in this area:

Ms. Isaacson persuaded a Third District Court judge to dismiss all charges against her client, including Criminal Mischief and Domestic Violence in the Presence of a Child after arguing that the property damaged was joint legal property and that the children were asleep when the incident occurred.

In the Holladay Justice Court, Ms. Isaacson obtained an acquittal for a client accused of domestic violence. She persuaded the jury that the accusations were false and were being made to gain advantage in a divorce proceeding.
Ms. Isaacson has successfully defended a number of clients in jury trials involving accusations of domestic violence.

Computer & Internet Crimes:
Bugden & Isaacson has represented numerous clients charged with "enticing a minor over the internet" in both state and federal courts.In the District Court in Ogden, we obtained an acquittal for our client. In a federal court case, we were able to reduce a recommended sentence of 48 months to 24 months.

We also have experience representing clients accused of possessing child pornography.

Juvenile Law:
The juvenile justice system is quite different from the adult system. When a juvenile is accused of a crime, probation reports and detention hearings greatly impact the eventual outcome of the case. Even if the offense seems minor, there can be serious consequences that follow a child into adulthood. Attorneys at Bugden & Isaacson can help families advocate for their children and place them in the best possible position to obtain a satisfactory outcome.

Weapons Crimes:
At Bugden & Isaacson, our attorneys are experienced in a range of criminal law matters, including weapons crimes. Depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the charge, penalties for weapons crimes can vary widely. For example, "carrying a concealed dangerous weapon" can be a misdemeanor or a felony, with sentences ranging from six months in jail to 15 years in prison.

We represented a client in federal court for possession a weapon by a restricted person. We were able to negotiate a resolution where the client did not serve any time and did not have to be on probation.

For more information on specific types of criminal charges, visit our pages about drug crimes, DUI, sex offenses, or white collar crimes.

Other Felony Offenses:
In Davis County, Ms. Isaacson obtained a dismissal of a Communication Fraud charge by successfully arguing that the prosecution had filed the charge too late and had not met the statute of limitations.

The firm obtained a dismissal at preliminary hearing in Davis County on charges of Negligent Homicide, a third degree felony. The attorneys successfully argued that the State could not meet the probable cause burden for the case to go forward

Seek Experienced Legal Counsel:
Whether you are being investigated or have been charged with a crime, there are many critical decisions to be made. If you have not been charged and the police request an interview, you should always decline to be interviewed without a lawyer present. Choices about how to proceed should only be made with the assistance of competent defense counsel. Until you have consulted with competent counsel, you should assert your constitutional right to remain silent and to have the advice of counsel. If our experienced trial attorneys get involved early in the process, we can often have an influence on whether and what kinds of charges are filed. Once a charge is filed, we can employ many legal tactics to help put you in a better position at trial.

Walter F. Bugden, Jr.

Bugden & Isaacson, LLC Trial Lawyers

Walter F. Bugden, Jr. is a partner with Bugden & Isaacson, LLC. Mr. Bugden focuses his practice in the area of criminal law. He handles all types of criminal matters including drug crimes, sex offenses, DUI, murder/manslaughter, and white collar cases. He is a seasoned criminal trial attorney with over 35 years of experience, including having tried over 222 criminal jury trials. Between 2000 and 2010, Mr. Bugden obtained 25 acquittals in jury trials involving such charges as manslaughter, rape, negligent homicide, forcible sexual abuse, assault, drunk driving, and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Mr. Bugden was an adjunct law professor at the University of Utah College of Law for over five years. He has served on the Utah Sentencing Commission and on the Utah Supreme Court's Task Force on Improving the Jury System. In October 2005, Mr. Bugden was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition, he has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of lawyers. This is the highest possible rating at attorney can receive, indicating preeminent legal ability and the utmost ethical standards.

In 2008, Super Lawyers magazine featured Mr. Bugden in an article entitled "The Unpopular Defense." He was selected for the Mountain States Super Lawyers from 2007 through the present. Utah Business magazine named Mr. Bugden as one of the Legal Elite in Utah.

Mr. Bugden earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Utah since 1977.


University of Utah College of Law
Juris Doctorate,

Tara L. Isaacson

Bugden & Isaacson, LLC Trial Lawyers

Tara L. Isaacson is a partner with Bugden & Isaacson, LLC. Ms. Isaacson focuses her practice in the area of criminal defense. She has represented clients accused of violent offenses, drug possession and trafficking, DUI, domestic violence and white-collar offenses. She has been a criminal trial attorney for over 16 years and has won acquittals in 31 jury trials. She has argued cases before the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals.

In 2008, Super Lawyers magazine featured Ms. Isaacson in an article entitled "The Unpopular Defense." She was selected as a Rising Star for the Mountain States Super Lawyers in 2008 and 2009. Utah Business magazine named Ms. Isaacson as one of the Legal Elite in Utah.

In 2011, Ms. Isaacson was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Ms. Isaacson served as a Utah State Bar Examiner from 1998 to 2005. She has also served on the Utah Sentencing Commission's DUI Subcommittee and on the Board of the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ms. Isaacson earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law and has been licensed to practice law in Utah since 1996.


University of Utah College of Law
Juris Doctorate,