What To Know About Getting A DUI In Utah

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DUI laws are designed to deter individuals from operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It's important to remember that driving under the influence is not only illegal, but it is also dangerous and puts yourself and others at risk, so it's important to make sure you have a designated driver or alternative transportation if you plan to consume alcohol or drugs.

In Utah, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher or while under the influence of any controlled substance. And, the state also has a "zero tolerance" law for drivers under 21 years old, where any BAC level above 0.00% is considered illegal.

Penalties for Drunk Driving

If pulled over by a law enforcement officer and suspected of DUI, you may be required to take a breath or blood test to determine their BAC. Refusing to take a test can result in a license suspension and fines.

If you are convicted of DUI in Utah, you may face penalties such as fines, jail time, community service, and mandatory alcohol education classes. Repeat offenders may face harsher penalties, including longer jail sentences and higher fines.

It's also important to note that in Utah, a DUI conviction will result in a mandatory ignition interlock device (IID) installation for at least one year. This device requires the driver to pass a breath test before the vehicle starts.

If you are facing DUI charges, it's important to seek the advice of a DUI defense lawyer. At Douglas D. Terry & Associates, we can help you understand the charges against you, the potential penalties, and the best ways to defend yourself in court.

Is a DUI a Felony in Utah?

In Utah, a DUI is generally considered a misdemeanor offense, but it can be classified as a felony under certain circumstances.

First-Time DUI

A first-time DUI conviction is typically considered a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail, fines, and mandatory alcohol education classes. However, if the DUI causes serious bodily injury to another person, it can be classified as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

More Than One DUI

A second or successive DUI conviction within 10 years is considered a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and higher fines. However, if the DUI causes serious bodily injury to another person, it can be classified as a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Additionally, if a person is convicted of DUI and has a BAC of 0.16% or higher, it can be classified as an "enhanced DUI," and the penalties will be more severe.

It's important to note that a DUI conviction can also result in a license suspension, the installation of an ignition interlock device, and increased insurance rates.

How Can I Get DUI Reduced to Reckless Driving in Utah?

In Utah, a DUI charge can be reduced to reckless driving in certain circumstances. This typically involves a plea bargain agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor.

Factors that may be taken into consideration when determining whether to reduce a DUI charge to reckless driving include the severity of the offense, the defendant's criminal history, and the strength of the prosecution's case.

If you have been charged with DUI in Utah and are interested in trying to get the charge reduced to reckless driving, it is recommended that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can advise you on your options and represent you in court.

Can a DUI Defense Lawyer Get My DUI Charges Dropped?

If you have been charged with DUI in Utah, it is important to contact an experienced DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible. At Douglas D. Terry & Associates, our defense lawyers can help you understand the charges against you, the potential consequences of a Utah DUI conviction, and the options available to you.

Our attorneys can also help you build a defense strategy to contest the charges. This may include challenging the evidence against you, such as the results of a breathalyzer test or field sobriety test, or arguing that your arrest was not conducted in accordance with Utah law.

In some cases, our defense attorneys may be able to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution to have the charges reduced or dropped. Our attorneys can also help you prepare for trial and represent you in court if necessary.

If you have been charged with DUI in Utah, it is important to take the charges seriously and take steps to protect your rights and interests. Contact our qualified criminal defense attorneys for help navigating the criminal justice system and work towards the best outcome possible in your case.

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