If you have been accused of a serious traffic offense in Utah, Bautista Campbell has extensive experience in traffic-related criminal defense representation. Serious traffic offenses where someone is hurt can become felony charges and a great lawyer representing you can make all the difference.
Classification of Offenses
Most traffic offenses are classified as infractions (no imprisonment and fines up to $750) or class C misdemeanors, (maximum imprisonment of 90 days and fines up to $750). Some traffic offenses, such as drunk driving, are classified as more serious offenses which have the possibility of longer terms of imprisonment and higher fines.
Utah's Drunk Driving Law
In Utah, you can be charged with drunk driving if:
You operate a motor vehicle and have a breath or blood alcohol level of .05 or higher.
You operate a motor vehicle and alcohol, regardless of concentration, or any drug has impaired your ability to safely operate the vehicle.
Utah's Driving Under the Influence laws are found in Utah Code §41-6a-501 through §41-6a-530.
Possible penalties for a first drunk driving conviction can include:
At least two days in jail
At least 48 hours of community service
At least $700 in fines and fees
At least 90 days suspension of driver's license
See Utah Code §41-6a-503 and §41-6a-509.
A first or second time drunk driving offense can be charged as a class A or B misdemeanor, depending on whether someone was hurt, or if there were minor passengers in the vehicle. See Utah Code §41-6a-503.
After one drunk driving conviction, the classification of the offense becomes more serious, and the penalties become more severe. See Utah Code §41-6a-503, §41-6a-505 and 41-6a-509.
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