First Offense DUI in Utah
A first DUI conviction in Utah results in administrative (license suspension) and criminal (jail time and fines) penalties. The period of time during which an earlier DUI counts as a "prior offense" is 10 years.
- First offense results in a license suspension of ninety (90) days. Refusals to submit to a chemical test. results in mandatory license suspension of eighteen (18) months
- Reinstatement of license requires completion of alcohol screening/assessment, as well as completion of alcohol or driver education/awareness program
- Condition of reinstatement, even for first offense, may include provision requiring use of ignition interlock device in state of Utah
- First offense convictions for DUI in Utah require mandatory incarceration for a minimum of two (2) days, which may be served in form of work service program in limited instances
- A number of alternative sentences available for offenders to avoid incarceration or even conviction, which may include home confinement, electronic monitoring, and intensive probation periods
- Fines are levied at a minimum of $700. However, this amount does not include expenses incurred in relation to completing terms of sentence, such as participation in education programs, home monitoring programs, or costs incurred in reinstatement of license process
- Conviction of first offense DUI in Utah results in conviction influencing future or subsequent DUI convictions for a period of ten (10) years, although conviction will remain on criminal record indefinitely unless otherwise sealed or expunged
Getting Legal Help
The state of Utah does not expressly forbid plea bargain deals involving reduction of DUI charge to lesser criminal offense. Likewise, defendants are free to actively pursue dismissal of the charges outright as well. In either case, having legal counsel involved may prove beneficial.