DUI convictions in Utah can carry harsh penalties, leading to loss of your driver's license and freedom. But there are defenses, including if your blood alcohol level was improperly tested or if you were the victim of an illegal traffic stop. Learn more here and contact Douglas D. Terry & Associates for a free consultation about your best defense.
DUI, or driving under the influence, is operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, controlled substance, medication, or prescription that impairs the driver's ability to operate the vehicle.
Utah DUI laws deem "per se intoxicated" any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent. This means that drivers with a BAC at or above .08 are intoxicated in the eyes of the law, and no additional proof of driving impairment is necessary.
Utah also has a "zero tolerance" law that target drivers under the legal drinking age. This law penalizes persons under 21 for operating a vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0), or with negligible BAC levels such as .01 or .02 percent.
If you are convicted of DUI in Utah and it is your second or higher DUI offense, you face higher fines, more jail time, mandatory community service, longer driver's license suspension, and required substance abuse treatment.
Utah's "Implied consent" law require vehicle drivers to submit to some form of chemical test, such as breath, blood, or urine testing, if suspected of DUI. If a driver refuses to submit to such testing, he or she faces — in addition to other penalties — a mandatory period of driver's license suspension. The period is based on whether the driver has previous DUI convictions on his or her record.
Consequences for the conviction of driving under the influence may potentially include:
Likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on the following factors:
Defenses for driving under the influence may potentially include:
The St. George DUI defense attorneys of Douglas D. Terry & Associates will help you offer your best defense to drunk driving / DUI charges — protecting your record and your driver's license if at all possible. We are the longest serving criminal defense law firm in St. George and also have offices in Cedar City. We work with clients throughout southern Utah in communities including Richfield, Panguitch, Kanab, Beaver and Fillmore.
Call (435) 628-4411 or contact us online today for a free consultation.
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