Cedar City DUI Attorney

Protecting Your Rights

Being convicted of DUI in Utah can result in extremely harsh penalties being imposed upon you, including the loss of your driver's license and freedom, among other things. However, there are several defenses that may be deployed, including challenges to whether or not your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was properly tested, or if you were the victim of an illegal traffic stop.

The experienced DUI defense professionals at M.A. Munson Law can offer skilled guidance regarding these charges. With a Cedar City DUI lawyer from our firm to handle your case, you will find that there are defenses to even the most seemingly helpless DUI cases. We use our knowledge, our resources, and our experience to delve deep into a case to determine the best approach.

For a FREE DUI consultation, call (435) 213-1963. We have offices in Cedar City and St. George and serve all of Central and Southern Utah.

Utah DUI Laws

DUI, or driving under the influence, is defined as operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, medication, or prescription that impairs the driver's ability to operate the vehicle. Each state has slightly different DUI laws, and as such, it is important to understand Utah’s specific implementation of drunk driving legislation.

Per Se Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level

Utah DUI laws deem "per se intoxicated" any driver with a BAC at or above .08%. This means that drivers with a BAC at or above .08% are intoxicated in the eyes of the law, and no additional proof of driving impairment is necessary.

Zero Tolerance for Drivers Under 21

Utah also has a "zero tolerance" law that targets drivers under the legal drinking age. This law penalizes persons under 21 for operating a vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0), or with negligible BAC levels such as .01 or .02 percent.

Enhanced Penalties for Multiple Convictions

If you are convicted of DUI in Utah and it is your second or subsequent DUI offense, you face higher fines, more jail time, mandatory community service, longer driver's license suspension, and required substance abuse treatment.

Implied Consent Laws for Refusal to Submit to Blood or Breath Alcohol Tests

Utah's "Implied Consent" law requires vehicle drivers to submit to some form of chemical test, such as breath, blood, or urine testing, if suspected of DUI. If a driver refuses to submit to such testing, he or she faces — in addition to other penalties — a mandatory period of driver's license suspension. The period is based on whether the driver has previous DUI convictions on his or her record.

Consequences for a DUI or Drunk Driving Conviction in Utah

Consequences for the conviction of driving under the influence may potentially include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Loss of driver's license
  • Probation or parole
  • Loss of auto insurance
  • Court ordered driving school
  • Impound of vehicle
  • Court ordered ignition device
  • Significant fines
  • Other

Determining Punishment for DUI in Utah

Likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on the following factors:

  • Prior similar convictions
  • Any other prior convictions
  • Currently on probation or parole
  • Attitude of the community and court toward this type of crime
  • Degree of media attention on case
  • Mitigating/aggravating circumstances
  • Whether an accident was involved
  • The driver’s BAC
  • Other factors

Utah DUI Defenses

Defenses for driving under the influence may potentially include:

  • Insufficient evidence
  • Factual innocence
  • Illegal traffic stop
  • Improper testing
  • Reduced charge to reckless driving

Protect your freedom, your reputation, and your driver’s license. Call M.A. Munson Law at (435) 213-1963 today!

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