Salt Lake City DUI Lawyers
A DUI conviction can result in serious consequences. An attorney who knows what to expect can anticipate those consequences and prepare the best approach to help protect your interests. Some of these consequences can be avoided by getting started on the case immediately. Contact an attorney at Intermountain Legal for a free consultation.
Utah DUI Penalties
DUI is generally a class B misdemeanor. However, it can be charged as a class A misdemeanor if it results in bodily injury to another, a passenger in the vehicle is under 16 years old, or if a passenger is under 18 and the driver is over 21. A DUI can be charged as a third degree felony if it is the third DUI conviction within 10 years, if it results in serious bodily injury to another, or if the person has a prior conviction for either automobile homicide or felony DUI.
When a person is convicted of their first DUI the judge is required to order a $700 fine, a drug and alcohol screening, and 48 hours in jail or an acceptable substitute for jail time. Often the judge will impose more severe penalties depending on the circumstances. A person convicted of a DUI will also have their driver’s license suspended for at least 120 days.
A second DUI within 10 years will result in the judge ordering an $800 fine, drug and alcohol screening, 240 hours (10 days) in jail or an acceptable substitute for jail time. These are the minimum penalties and the judge may also require supervised probation, an ignition interlock device, alcohol treatment, driver’s license suspension. A person convicted of a second DUI within 10 years will have their driver’s license revoked for at least 2 years.
A Felony DUI will result in the judge ordering up to 5 years in prison or 1,500 hours (62.5 days) in jail, a $1,500 fine, drug and alcohol screening, supervised probation if a prison term is not imposed. These are the minimum penalties and the judge may also require an ignition interlock device, driver’s license suspension, and electronic home confinement. A person convicted of a felony DUI will also have their driver’s license revoked for at least 2 years.
A DUI case potentially involves criminal and civil penalties. The civil part of the DUI is handled through the driver license division. The criminal part is handled through the criminal courts. A person who is convicted of a DUI may face several severe penalties.