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Lance E. Bastian

Lance E. Bastian

A criminal defense attorney with experience on both sides of the courtroom.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • Utah
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Mr. Bastian is an experienced litigator who focuses his practice on trial and appellate work in criminal defense, personal injury, transportation, and healthcare law. Mr. Bastian has conducted over thirty jury trials, including aggravated murder, rape, sex crimes against children, aggravated assault, DUI and various property and drug crimes. He cares about and works hard to serve the best interests of his clients.

After graduating cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU, during which he served as Chair of the Trail Advocacy Team, Mr. Bastian clerked for the Honorable Fred D. Howard in the Fourth Judicial District Court. Following his clerkship, Mr. Bastian prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy Utah County Attorney for eight years, during several of which he served as a liaison to Utah County’s Major Crimes and Sex Crimes Task Forces. Mr. Bastian’s last three years as a prosecutor were focused almost exclusively on sexual assault and domestic violence cases, ultimately supervising the Special Victims’ Unit.

Mr. Bastian is a member of the A. Sherman Christensen Inn of Courts and was tapped as a statewide trainer of other prosecutors by the Utah Prosecution Council. He prides himself on an excellent reputation in Utah’s legal community. More importantly, he is known as the best dad in the world by four kids and two dogs.

Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School
J.D. (2011) | Criminal Law and Trial Practice
Honors: Graduated Cum Laude
Activities: Trial Advocacy Team Chair Law Clerk, Utah Attorney General's Office, Criminal Appeals Division Law Clerk, Utah County Attorney's Office
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University of South Florida
Graduate Studies in Biomechanics and Physiology
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Brigham Young University
B.S. (2004) | Zoology, Minor in Chemistry
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Professional Experience
Deputy Utah County Attorney
Utah County Attorney's Office
I prosecuted in Utah County for eight years, handling cases from traffic citations to aggravated murder. Since leaving the County, I have represented several criminal defendants in a variety of cases, and my experience on the other side has been invaluable in working with the prosecution to secure favorable outcomes for my clients.
Judicial Law Clerk
Fourth District Court, Provo
I clerked for the Honorable Fred D. Howard, during which I prepared memoranda and rulings, did legal research, and acted as bailiff for in-court proceedings.
Service Recognition Award
Utah County Special Victims' Task Force
Outstanding Record Recognition
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Chief's Recognition for Outstanding Service
Orem City Police Department
Service Recognition Award
Utah County Major Crimes Task Force
Professional Associations
Utah State Bar  # 13637
- Current
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A. Sherman Christensen Inn of Courts
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Utah State Bar
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10th Circuit
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Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    DUI & DWI
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
  • Portuguese: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Are there any legal recourses against pet care-giver who gets your pet high, allows it to swallow pot almost killing pet
A: With respect to the criminal side of things, you just need to call the police in the jurisdiction where the abuse took place. They will take the information you have and investigate further, as needed. As to the civil side, this case would probably come down to the value of the claim. Assuming the vet bill is not exorbitant, and there aren't long-term or permanent health issues, this probably doesn't rise to the level where it would make financial sense to hire an attorney. Your best bet would probably be to get on the website for the small claims court in the jurisdiction where this occurred, download their forms, and seek whatever compensation you can support with vet bills, the vet's estimation of cost associated with necessary future care, and possibly some level of compensation for the distress and inconvenience this caused. Depending on how things go with the police, there is also a possibility of restitution in a criminal case without you having to do anything other than cooperate and possibly testify.
Q. Is the good samaritan law differ from someone calling for a well fare check, where the caller of the check is protected
A: Utah's Good Samaritan Law is different from its welfare check provision, though based on the information you've given, neither appear to apply to this situation. The Good Samaritan Law has to do with a bystander rendering emergency medical aid at the scene of an accident, and it generally protects that person from civil liability. The welfare check provision in our drug enforcement statute is very specific to a situation in which someone is suffering an overdose, and a concerned party calls for medical aid. There are a list of requirements, but the long and short of it is if the concerned party gives sufficient information, stays at the scene or goes to the hospital to speak with law enforcement, fully cooperates, and was also using illegal drugs in the same course of events as the person who overdosed, that concerned party cannot be prosecuted for that drug use/possession. Depending on exactly what was said to prompt the welfare check here, as I said, neither provision appears to apply to your situation. All of that being said, there appear to be a number of potential issues with your interaction with law enforcement (again, depending on exactly what was reported and complicated by your having outstanding warrants), and I hope your attorney is looking into them.
Q. What are the fines for interfering with an arrest
A: The standard (and maximum) fine for this offense, which is a class B misdemeanor, is $680. However, Utah courts also, as a matter of course, add a 90% surcharge to such fines. Depending on the circumstances, the fine can often be negotiated to something lower and dropping the surcharge. If that doesn't happen, though, you would be looking at an actual maximum out-of-pocket of $1292 for interfering with an arresting officer.
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