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Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI) is a crime seriously prosecuted in the State of Utah. A DUI can result in jail time, revocation of your driver’s license, substantial fines, and mandatory substance abuse education or counseling. Repeat DUI offenses are especially significant and carry much more onerous penalties.

If you are facing a DUI, it is essential to have an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your case and defenses. Langford | Ramos offers comprehensive knowledge, legal skills, and advocacy in all DUI cases, whether a first offense or a subsequent one. We have represented individuals of all ages and backgrounds, from underage drivers to adults facing severe charges involving DUI-related injuries. 

A DUI charge does not automatically result in a conviction. Our team works aggressively to give you the best chance of a favorable outcome through an intensive investigation of your case’s facts and circumstances. 

Arrange for a free case assessment with a Park City DUI defense attorney at Langford | Ramos at (801) 919-8454. You can also contact us online. Hablamos español. 

What Is DUI in Utah?

DUI in Utah is defined as operating or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both, to the degree that it impairs your ability to drive safely. 

The legal standard for impairment in Utah is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.05% or higher, which is notably lower than the 0.08% standard used in most states. Additionally, Utah’s DUI laws encompass both alcohol and drugs, including prescription medications that may impair reaction time, judgment, and alertness.

If law enforcement observes that you are impaired by drugs, alcohol, or a combination thereof, even if your BAC is below 0.05%, you can still be arrested if the impairment is evident.

In Utah, drivers under 21 face a “zero tolerance” policy for alcohol consumption and driving. This means that even the smallest amount of alcohol in your system, regardless of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), is illegal and can lead to severe consequences.

Utah has an implied consent law, meaning you consent to chemical testing by being licensed to drive. Refusal to take a test can result in arrest and additional penalties.

Utah DUI Penalties 

First Conviction

A first-time DUI offense in Utah is generally treated as a Class B misdemeanor. This can escalate to a Class A misdemeanor under certain aggravating circumstances, such as causing bodily injury or driving with a passenger under 16.

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    We’re not here to judge; we’re here to defend. Our focus is on protecting your rights and ensuring you receive a fair defense, no matter the circumstances.
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    Through selective pro bono work and support of meaningful causes, we aim to make a positive impact beyond the courtroom, advocating for justice and fairness in all areas of life.

Why You Need Legal Representation for Utah DUI Charges

As shown above, the penalties for DUI convictions can be harsh. The legal process is multifaceted, involving intricate procedural steps that start from the moment of arrest. A skilled DUI attorney can scrutinize these legal aspects, such as whether the police had probable cause for the traffic stop, if the arresting officers adhered to proper protocols, and whether your rights were upheld during the entire process. Any deviations or violations in these steps can provide a solid basis for contesting the charges.

The scientific components of a DUI charge primarily involve the analysis of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels. However, the accuracy of BAC testing methods can be questionable. Breathalyzers, for instance, are prone to errors due to improper calibration, maintenance issues, and even your physiological condition. Medical conditions can lead to false positives. 

While more accurate, blood tests also have their own challenges, such as issues with the chain of custody, contamination, and improper sample handling. Understanding these scientific nuances can help challenge the reliability of the evidence presented by the prosecution.

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