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Salt Lake Drunk Driving / DUI / DWI Defense Lawyer

Utah DUI Drunk Driving Attorney Salt Lake area judges and prosecutor's take DUI charges seriously.  If you are arrested for driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, you may be facing jail time, substantial fines, and other serious consequences.  As an experienced Salt Lake criminal defense lawyer, Stephen Howard can help.

"Drunk Driving" in Salt Lake - More Than Just Alcohol

Utah statutes relating to driving under the influence apply to more than just alcohol.  The typical DUI charge in Salt Lake involves allegations that a person's blood or breath alcohol level is above 0.08, or that the person's consumption of alcohol has caused a degree of intoxication that made the person unable to safely operate the vehicle.  But Utah DUI statutes also prohibit driving or actual physical control of a vehicle if a person is under the influence of any drug (including lawfully prescribed medications) to a degree that the person is not able to safely operate the vehicle.  Utah statutes also prohibit driving with any measurable amount of any controlled substance or any controlled substance metabolite.  This includes both illegal drugs (e.g. cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, or marijuana/thc) as well as prescription drugs.  However, it is an affirmative defense to a metabolite charge that the driver had a lawful prescription for the controlled substance.

Consequences of a DUI Conviction in Salt Lake

First-time DUI charges in Salt Lake are typically filed at the class B misdemeanor level.  But even a misdemeanor DUI can result in jail time.  Enhancements can be imposed to increase the level of the offense if the case involves an accident resulting in injuries or if a minor child is in the vehicle at the time of the offense.  Second and third DUI offenses carry enhanced minimum mandatory sentences.  And a third charge within a 10-year period can be filed as a felony charge carrying the possibility of up to five years in prison.

Beyond the criminal court process, Utah laws regarding DUI also provide that the Driver License Division can impose a driver license suspension of 120 days for a first offense, or a suspension of two years for a second or subsequent DUI offense.  This suspension can be imposed before or without a court conviciton, and even before any court appearances are scheduled.  Utah law requires that a driver cited for DUI request a hearing with the Driver License Division within 10 days of being cited.  If no hearing is requested, the Driver License Division typically will take action and suspend a driver's license without waiting to see the outcome of any related court cases.

If you have been charged with DUI or a related offense in the Salt Lake area, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Salt Lake criminal attorney Stephen Howard.


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Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

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560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
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