DUI Defense Attorney – Salt Lake City

Stephen Howard — Stone River Law

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DUI Defense Attorney – Salt Lake City

A DUI conviction in Utah can mean jail time, losing your driver license, heavy fines, and for repeat offenses, even a felony conviction. Having an experienced Utah DUI attorney on your side can give you the best chance at a successful outcome for your case.

As a criminal defense attorney in Utah, Stephen Howard has assisted clients facing felony DUI charges as repeat offenders as well as first-time DUI charges for people with no prior record. Contact us today to see how we can help.

DUI and Related Charges

The term “DUI”, or Driving Under the Influence, is sometimes used to describe a variety of related charges. Driving with a controlled substance metabolite, even if you are not impaired, driving while taking prescription medications that cause impairment, or driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs can all result in serious criminal charges.

Utah prosecutors aggressively pursue criminal charges for DUI/DWI even against first-time offenders. If you have prior DUI convictions, if a minor was in the vehicle, if an accident occurred, or if someone was injured, then the stakes go up. The level of the charge may increase up to the felony level, or there may be higher minimum mandatory sentencing provisions imposed.

But just because a prosecutor is pursuing the case aggressively does not mean that you have no defenses. Issues that sometimes provide a basis for a strong defense in a DUI case can include Fourth Amendment violations (illegal or unconstitutional searches or seizures), problems with the administration of the field sobriety tests (FSTs), problems with the breath or blood test that was administered, questions of whether the defendant was in “actual physical control” of the vehicle, and more.

Driver License Consequences

When you are charged with DUI, you will be given a notice that your license will be automatically suspended if you do not request a hearing from the Utah Driver License Division (“DLD”) within 10 days. Do not ignore this deadline. This hearing may give you an opportunity to keep your driver license, but it also provides an early opportunity for your defense attorney to begin gathering important information that may help you in fighting your court case.

Keep in mind that even if you win at the administrative hearing with the DLD, you may still face a license suspension if you are convicted of a DUI in court.

Finding an Attorney

If you are facing DUI charges in Utah, contact us now to learn what an experienced criminal defense attorney can do for you.