Utah has some of the severest and most punitive DUI penalties in the country.  Without the assistance of competent counsel, the cost of your DUI could exceed $10,000.

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IF I PLEAD GUILTY, EVEN TO A FIRST DUI OFFENSE IN UTAH, HOW MUCH COULD IT COST ME?

Along with a minimum court fine of at least $1,300, there are several long-term, harmful consequences and opportunity costs, including:

  • A requirement that you rent and have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in your vehicle for as long as 18 months initially.  The IID generally costs as much as $1,500 by itself after installation and monthly maintenance fees.
  • An order to pay for a substance abuse evaluation and counseling, an assessment if found appropriate by the screening, and a state-created 16-hour “Prime for Life” education series (broken up into four-hour classes).  The Prime for Life classes cost approximately $200 depending on the private service provider.
  • Cancellation of automobile insurance policies (by most recognized insurance carriers) and higher SR-22 insurance premiums (by as much as two to three times) as a high risk driver.
  • Loss of employment (and difficulty finding employment) due to:
    • Mandatory jail time (e.g., 48 consecutive hours for a first DUI offense under statute). If you plead guilty or are convicted of a DUI, you will receive no leniency, because the judge has virtually no discretion in consequence of mandatory minimum sentences.
    • Increased court-imposed license suspension length beyond the administrative license suspension time enforced by the Driver License Division (DLD), e.g., 120 days for a first time DUI (as a result of a breath test failure).
    • The ten-year period that a DUI suspension must stay on your criminal history.  Conversely, most felonies can be expunged off your record after seven years.  Note also that a DUI is a permanent entry on your Utah drive record!
    • No availability of a provisional “hardship permit” in Utah that would allow you to drive to and from work, school, the doctor, etc. along pre-determined routes at specific times.
  • Supervised probation administered by a probation officer with, e.g., Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P) of at least 12 months along with alcohol dependency treatment at your expense if you had a “high BAC” result on the Intoxilyzer machine (.16 or higher).
  • DLD license reinstatement costs.
  • A state-mandated fine of over $300 to have your vehicle impounded (in addition to an hourly towing fee and vehicle storage costs).  State law will not allow a friend or relative to come get your car.
  • If arrested and booked in jail, you will have to post bail to a bail bondsman for release from custody.
  • Sanctions on professional licenses (e.g., CDL) or certifications.
  • Inability to qualify for federal student education loans.
  • Difficulty renting cars or housing.
  • Irreparable damage to family relationships and societal status due to the stigma of a DUI.

RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES LOST BY PLEADING GUILTY TO DUI CHARGES

If you plead guilty (or are convicted) of a DUI, you could lose other rights and privileges related to:

  • Welfare assistance;
  • Concealed weapon permit;
  • Voting;
  • Passports and international travel (particularly to Canada); or
  • Non-U.S. citizen immigration.

INVEST IN YOU FUTURE, HIRE AN EXPERIENCED DUI LAWYER

Due to the unforgiving and specialty nature of a DUI, a cost-benefit analysis would indicate that you have a much greater chance of actually saving money on a DUI if you hire a qualified DUI attorney to handle your case.

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