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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.

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
Video Conferencing
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  • Free Consultation
    Initial consultations are always free. Potential clients only pay once we have been retained to represent them, after which our rates are reasonable and competitive. We have flat fee and hourly options available, depending on the nature of the case.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Utah State Bar
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10th Circuit
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  • Portuguese: Spoken, Written
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.
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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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
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A. Sherman Christensen Inn of Courts
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Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered
Q. I have proof of my ex wife threatening to beat up and/or kill my significant other and find my kids. What should I do?
A: You should call the police in the jurisdiction where the threats were made or received and provide what you have to them. They will assess the credibility of the threats and whether action can and should be taken against your ex.
Q. My husband has been accused of inappropriate behavior with a very close friends 17 year old daughter.
A: I agree, at this point, that he should not speak with law enforcement. These cases are nuanced and complicated, and he needs an attorney who has experience with serious sexual allegations in his corner. It may be that working with law enforcement ends up being productive, though, as it can potentially be the difference between charges being filed and not. I've seen it go both ways, both as a special victims' prosecutor and as defense counsel. In any event, he should do nothing without the assistance of an experienced attorney.
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.
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Nelson Naegle, PLLC
222 South Main Street
Suite 1740
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Telephone: (385) 292-4408
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