Third Offense DUI in Utah
A third DUI conviction in Utah (within 10 years of the prior two DUI convictions) results in harsh administrative and criminal penalties.
If convicted of a third offense DUI in Utah, your driving license can be suspended from a minimum of 90 days to up to three years. You may also have to drive with an ignition interlock device for three years if you are found convicted of prior offenses within the lookback period.
Expect some combination of the following penalties:
- A minimum monetary fine of $1,500.
- Continuous imprisonment for a minimum of 1,500 hours or up to five years.
- Supervised probation for the duration decided by the court.
- Participation in an alcohol/drug assessment program.
- Participation in educational programs related to substance abuse.
Other criminal penalties can include community service for a fixed number of hours.
Felony vs. Misdemeanor in Utah
In Utah, a third DUI offense is classified as a felony.
A case of a DUI offense leaves you with three options: plead guilty, not guilty or seek (perhaps with the aid of an attorney) a plea bargain for a different sentence.
Because of the harsh penalties associated with a third DUI offense, you may benefit from the advice of an attorney.