Stephen McCaughey began his career with the Salt Lake Public Defenders Office, and was in that office between the years of 1974 and 1976.

Since that time, Mr. McCaughey has been counsel in over 25 capital homicide cases and in over 100 homicide cases in total. His practice concentration is in drug offenses, violent crimes and white collar offenses in both Federal and State courts.

In August, 2012, McCaughey got a not guilty verdict in a capital homicide case involving a confession and the killing of a female deputy sheriff. It was the first not guilty involving the slaying of a police officer in Utah in 40 years.

Mr. McCaughey has represented individuals in the State and Federal Courts in Utah, Nebraska, South Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Oregon, Washington, California, Colorado, and Kansas.


Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007-2018

Mr. McCaughey is an active member of both the Utah and national criminal defense community.

He is a fellow and past president of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers 1981-present.

Member NORML Legal Comittee 1986-present Past President Utah Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Listed for over 31 years in Best Lawyers in America, Naifeh and Smith.


Sacramento State University-1970 B.A.

University of Nebraska, J.D., 1973

Admitted to the State Bar of Nebraska, 1973; State Bar of Utah, 1974.