• Tangaro Law | Utah Criminal Defense Attorney

About Tangaro Law

Cara Tangaro | Utah Criminal Defense Attorney

Cara Tangaro is an experienced criminal defense attorney based in Utah.

She has handled many felony jury trials, including capital homicide. A former prosecutor for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office, she is a tested, trusted defense attorney; and uniquely suited to serve her clients as they navigate challenging cases.

My Commitment
To You

“At Tangaro Law, you get personalized legal representation from me. I will work hand-in-hand with you to develop an effective plan of action and defense strategy. If need be, I will engage a support team as needed including experts, and investigators. I will be both accountable and available to walk you through the confusing legal process and help you navigate this time of crisis.”


  • Utah Legal Elite
  • Co-Chair of Utah State Bar Wellness Committee
  • Pretrial Release and Supervision Committee
  • Past President of Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL)
  • Past member of Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure


  • Juris Doctor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • BS Political Science, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California
  • Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy / Studies Abroad

Community Involvement

  • Ms. Tangaro has been invited to lecture at various universities. She has also taught classes at the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark School of Law and taught classes at Weber State University.
  • Ms. Tangaro was invited to speak and educate law enforcement, prosecutors and the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) organization about the unfair and overly harsh consequences of DUI convictions in Utah, and at the Utah DUI subcommittee meeting.
  • The underage DUI “Not A Drop” law in Utah was successfully fought in the legislature by Ms. Tangaro. Legislators lessened the harsh, over reaching penalties associated with the law to the benefit of young people under the age of 21 in Utah.


Cara is THE best lawyer in Utah. So grateful for her hard work and dedication on our behalf. No lawyer works harder or cares more for their clients. Thank you Cara!

Cara provides great service, and is knowledgeable and efficient.

I appreciated her calm understanding demeanor as we discussed my case. She also helped me keep my stress level down. Cara did all the heavy lifting and smoothly navigated a complex and overwhelming criminal process.

Undoubtedly one of the best lawyers in Utah. When you meet her you feel the security that you are in good hands. Cara is very professional, intelligent, knowledgeable about the law, and compassionate. She will defend you and fight for you with passion. For anyone needing the best representation available you’ll receive that with Cara Tangaro.

She has decades of experience in all types of cases and it shows in her results. She told us our job was to try and relax and she would do all the heavy lifting. Thank you Cara for keeping our family together. Your our hero. Your contribution will never be forgotten in our home.

Her quick response made the process easy. I was able to make quick decisions and get everything handled in a timely manner that worked. She also recommended a divorce Attorney for a friend, that was a perfect match. I would highly recommend Tangaro Law.

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