We Fight For Your Rights

Experienced Criminal Defense Representation

Experienced Utah County Criminal Defense Attorneys

Welcome to Pawelek & Gale Attorneys at law, where our experienced and respected Utah County criminal defense attorneys will fight to protect our clients’ constitutional rights. Dennis Pawelek is a very experienced criminal defense lawyer and has handled over 1,000 felony cases as a public defender and litigation attorney. Richard Gale has been practicing law for over 20 years and has accrued more experience in the courtroom than most attorneys in Utah. Felonies are serious offenses and can carry life terms. Dennis and Richard have tried felony cases in which clients could have been sentenced to life in prison and were instead found not guilty. Both Richard and Dennis have had family members which have gone through the criminal justice system, so they are sympathetic to their clients’ needs and truly care about their cases.

Why You Should Choose Us


We have over 30+ years of handling felony and misdemeanor criminal defense cases, including DUI’s, Drug-related Crimes, sex offenses and Violent crimes. Over 10,000 felony jury trials including many acquittals in multiple serious cases where the defendant was facing a life sentence.


Every Utah Court has different procedures and handles cases differently. We have appeared in almost every court and before every judge in Utah and personally know most of the prosecutors. Therefore we can implement the best case strategy and obtain the best resolutions.


Mr. Pawelek and Gale are committed to staying in touch, following through and we are committed to getting the best results. Dennis and Richard both share their cell phone numbers with their clients. If they don’t answer its because they are in court.

Flexible Payments

We are affordable attorney’s that genuinely care about your outcome. We understand the emotional and financial impact that criminal cases have on the defendant and their families. We work with everyone involved to get the most favorable outcome at the most affordable price.

Areas Of Practice

We have over 30 years of experience as attorneys in Utah. Achieving excellent results with clients that have varying legal needs allows us to tell you with confidence, “we can help.” When knowledge and skill are paramount to helping you retain your freedom, contact Pawelek & Gale Attorneys At Law.

Criminal Defense

Our criminal defense lawyers, Dennis Pawelek and Richard Gale, have defended thousands of clients, fighting vigorously to ensure that their legal and constitutional rights are not violated. With extensive experience and knowledge, we are prepared to serve you.

DUI Defense

At Pawelek & Gale, our criminal defense attorneys truly care for our clients and vigorously defend DUI cases. We have the experience to preserve driver license privileges and make sure all police procedures have been properly completed.

Personal Injury

If you or a loved one has been injured by someone else’s actions or negligence, visit our law firm for a free consultation to make certain that the insurance company is fair and that you get receive the attention and compensation you deserve.

Our clients trust us.

Best attorney ever. Dennis helped me out SO much. He continues to fight for me. Id recommend him to ANYONE that needs legal help. Thank you Dennis


Pawelek is a real guy. He will get personal with you and he knows the ins and outs to his biz. If you need help I highly recommend! It’s a fraction of the cost vs the competition!


Dennis has represented me for the past 3 years off and on. 1st as a public defender then I’ve retained him as he has opened his own firm! He is absolutely amazing and will do anything to help you! He has done amazing for me every time and wouldn’t be where I am without him!! I wouldn’t ever trust anyone else! I would recommend him to anyone!


I could not have asked for a better lawyer or a better outcome. I was in kind of a messy situation and was completely overwhelmed with stress. I couldn’t sleep, my anxiety got worse, and I was extremely nervous. Dennis helped me out in ways I didn’t even know possible! Anyone looking for a great lawyer would be crazy not to call him. He is fantastic.


Richard Gale is an AMAZING and SMART attorney. He represented our son in a difficult jury trial involving serious charges, and achieved a victory! Richard’s hard work ethic, 20+ years practicing law as a defense attorney, and his polished people skills became apparent as he defended our son. He was BRILLIANT!


Richard poured his heart and soul into the case even though other attorneys had labeled it hopeless. My brother was found not guilty on both rape and aggravated kidnapping. Richard genuinely cares about his clients and pours his heart into helping them. I have ZERO hesitations in recommending Richard to anyone who needs a criminal defense attorney.


Brilliant and caring lawyer! I wish I could give him 20 stars! He knows how to aggressively defend. Thank you Richard for saving my brother's life.


A really great person and attorney would reccomend to anyone


Richard Gale is an amazing attorney who really cares about his clients.


Richard Gale is a LION of an attorney. He represented a loved one of mine in a recent stressful case involving more than three felony charges with possible punishment of prison for life. Richard and my loved one achieved a NOT GUILTY charge for the three most egregious charges setting my loved one free (with probation).


Richard Gale is an AMAZING and SMART attorney. He represented our son in a difficult jury trial involving serious charges, and achieved a victory! Richard’s hard work ethic, 20+ years practicing law as a defense attorney, and his polished people skills became apparent as he defended our son. He was BRILLIANT!


Richard Gale is a 5 star attorney that is making a name for himself as being one of Utah's top attorney's. First time offender's make mistakes hiring attorney's they know nothing about and find themselves screwed in court when there are plenty of loop holes. Hiring some of the best and top attorney's in the past, Richard rates right there with them but you won't be paying $10,000 for your case.


I recommend Richard Gale to anyone facing any criminal charges in the state of Utah. He is hands down the best criminal defense attorney!


He is AMAZING.. He truly cares & will fight till the end for you!!!


Why Hire Pawelek & Gale?

Successful resolutions for past clients in over 10,000 felony cases.
Over 30 years of successful legal experience.
We develop strong, proven case strategies.
Dedication and transparency with our clients.
Richard Gale is the former President of Utah Association of Criminal Lawyers
We believe that if you have been charged, you should not have to sacrifice your entire life because of one mistake.

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Gale & Pawelek

We are dedicated to your defense. Richard Gale & Dennis Pawelek believe in the value of transparency. With over 30 years of experience as attorneys in Utah we have developed professional relationships within the field. We are always available to our clients and believe communication is a key component to success in the court room.

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